Democratic Intern Jackson Cosko Arrested for Doxxing Senators
Jackson Cosko, 27, was arrested by Capitol Police on Wednesday for allegedly doxxing Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, and Lindsey Graham. Cosko was charged with burglary, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry.
The Capitol Police press release stated:
Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested the Suspect who allegedly posted private, identifying information (doxing) about one or more United States Senators to the internet.
Jackson A. COSKO, age 27, of Washington, D.C., has initially been charged with 18 USC § 119 Making Public Restricted Personal Information; 18 USC § 1512(b)(3) (Witness Tampering); 18 USC § 875(d) (Threats in Interstate Communications); 18 USC §1030(a)(3) (Unauthorized Access of a Government Computer); 18 USC § 1028(a)(7) (Identity Theft); DC Code § 22-801(b) (Second Degree Burglary), and DC Code §22-3302 (b) (Unlawful Entry).
There are two other doxxing incidents being investigated by Capitol Police, according to Fox, one of which was on Senator Rand Paul. At this point Cosko has been charged with the first three – it is unclear if he was involved in the Senator Paul incident as well, but furthur charges may be forthcoming.
Cosko is a Democratic intern who currently worked for Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, but was fired over the accusations. He previously worked for Sen Dianne Feinstein, Maggie Hassan, and former Senator Barbara Boxer.
Fox has learned that Jackson Cosko, charged by USCP w/allegedly doxing senator(s), had worked w/Dem TX Rep Sheila Jackson Lee, fmr Dem CA Sen Barbara Boxer & current Dem NH Sen Maggie Hassan.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 3, 2018
Doxxing is the publishing of private personal information. A bot on that monitors changes to Wikipedia information caught the changes to the three Senators and removed them. After the Kavanaugh hearings, Senator Mitch McConnell’s home address was also released.
Cosko claims to be working on a Master’s Degree in cybersecurity and policy at George Washington University.