Dallas County Admits Price, Fain Computers Hacked

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In a stunning about-face, Dallas County now acknowledges someone hacked into the computers of Commissioner John Wiley Price and his assistant, Dapheny Fain.  The unknown person or persons may also have entered their offices without authorization.   Fain’s attorney has insisted there are more than a dozen documented cases of computer hacking despite the county’s earlier claims to the contrary.

In his office Friday, one by one, attorney Tom Mills checked off evidence of incursions into the computers of  Fain and Price, reports given to and/or created by Dallas County IT experts.  “Yeah, I was surprised, because they clearly show that Ms. Fain’s office PC was accessed by an unknown source,” Mills told CBS 11.

His records show fifteen unauthorized entries in 2009 alone.  Some items that were deleted: a telephone database; e-mails between Price and Fain; temporary files; files identifying who had accessed their computers remotely.  Other items were merely viewed: activity on a computer directory and various e-mail attachments.  Mills insists nothing bad was taken.  “It doesn’t concern me that Ms. Fain had something incriminating in and of itself on her computer,” he said, adding, “but the act of it is a concern—the intrusion.”

Fain and Price and political consultant Kathy Nealy all had search warrants served on them last month in connection with a federal probe of alleged money laundering, bribery, and tax evasion.  No one has been charged.   Mills thinks the missing information might have been given to law enforcement.

At first, the county denied there were any security breaches.  Spokeswoman Maria Arita said Thursday, “There is absolutely nothing having to do with a break of security here on anybody’s computer system.”

Friday, though, Arita admitted county investigators are now going back years and checking for evidence of possisble computer hacking and even office burglary.  “Now we have reason to be concerned some kind of security breach happened.”

Mills is willing to give Arita the benefit of the doubt.   “She’s only been there a short time but to say she checked and it didn’t happen.  I really wanted to correct (the record); because it happened.”

Mills, meantime, must depend on only the paperwork of the investigation because Fain’s computers, as well as Price’s, were seized when the search warrants were executed last month.   He wants Fain’s computers and other items returned so he can prepare to properly defend her if the need arises.


One Comment

  1. The Pagan Perspective says:

    Yeah, kinda like Rosemary Woods was responsible for erasing the 18-minutes of the Nixon-Watergate tapes. How convenient it is that “someone” “hacked” the computers of Price and Fain. Which is really bigger?… The “conspiracy” AGAINST JWP & cronies; or the conspiracy BY JWP & cronies? MY bet is on the latter. It is a shame that so many fools blindly follow JWP. Hold the rallies AFTER he is found clean. There is just too much “smoke,” too many times, around JWP to believe for a second that there is no fire!

  2. Hemroidious says:

    It’s not an “intrusion”. It’s called an “investigation”. It’s what happens when you are a “suspect”.

    1. Bennie says:

      If the computers were accessed in an unauthorized manner, it most certainly is an intrusion and there are actually laws against this. If there is an official investigation going on, they first need to secure a warrant. What these intrusions do is potentially invalidate any evidence that may be on those computers. Any relevant evidence obtained from those computers may be deemed inadmissible and even if they did find some incriminating evidence, a smart defense lawyer can argue someone planted it.

      If an investigation were being done, get a warrant first before you go snooping around on someone else’s computer.

      1. Hemroidious says:

        and I really give a rats ass about relevance? It’s all relevant to the criminal act. Next case !

  3. TravlnTxn says:

    John Wiley Price is the BIGGEST RAcist in all of DALLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! …..of course his “racist lemmings” will always follow him.

  4. Truth says:


    Did Dallas County IT issue a finding like you mentioned or was it one of JWP,s companys that issued that finding ?. Maybe one of the companys that have multi million dollar contracts with Dallas County. Let’s check the search warrants and see if they are on the list.

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