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A 23-year-old California man is set to appear in court Tuesday, after police say he broke into the Web mail accounts of more than 3,000 women and posted sexually explicit images of many of them on Facebook.George Samuel Bronk was arrested Friday following an investigation involving federal authorities and the California Highway Patrol's Computer Crimes Investigation Unit. He is set to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento County Court.Investigators were tipped off after a Connecticut woman contacted local police saying that someone had posted sexually explicit photographs of her to her Facebook page. The photos had apparently been taken from a hacked Web mail account.Investigators then linked the IP (Internet Protocol) address used to access the hacked accounts to Bronk's computer. They raided his Citrus Heights, California, home on Sept. 24 and discovered evidence that there may be thousands of victims, according to Sergeant Kelly Dixon, of the CHP's Computer Crimes Unit. Police also found images of child pornography on the computer, he added.The case shows how the information stored on social media sites can be misused, and ultimately turned against victims. Police believe that Bronk broke into about 3,200 Web mail accounts by guessing the answers to password reset questions used by services such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Microsoft's Hotmail. "He didn't know any of them; he just apparently had a lot of time on his hands," Dixon said. "He would just search Facebook, look at females, and glean information."...
If I'm looking for a bright side, at least he was only doing this via computer and not actually following women around. I wonder what the sentence will be? Child porn charge will add a few years.
And this is why I absolutely despise 'security questions'.
Cracked actually just ran an article on things like this, a few days ago, that's pretty relevant to this discussion!http://www.cracked.com/article_18962_5-things-we-all-do-that-make-hackers-lives-incredibly-easy.html
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