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Canadian Man Pleads Guilty In Celebrity Hacking and Harrassment Case

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the probably-shouldn't-have-done-that dept.

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FuzzNugget writes "A 25-year-old man from Abbotsford, British Columbia has plead guilty to several charges involving the unauthorized access to a computer and phone belonging to singer Carly Rae Jepsen, who also hails from BC. It's alleged that after obtaining nude photos from the singer's computer and phone, he attempted to sell them to media outlets. The allegations also include releasing a fake sex tape claming to be of the celebrity. As a result, he was charged with a number of offenses, from unauthorized use of computer to (oddly) fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services, mischief to data, identity fraud, and possession of stolen property. It will be interesting to watch this unfold and see how Canada's laws on computer-based crimes compare to those of the U.S., particularly the notorious Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."

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And now... (5, Funny)

Cyfun (667564) | about a year ago | (#43838107)

And now off to 4chan to see if anyone has found copies of the leaked pics.

Re:And now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838133)

I got 'em. Email me.

Re:And now... (3, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year ago | (#43838177)

So I tried ta join 4chan but after I entered all my personal info on /b/ nobody was nice and my computer crashed so i had ta send this from my moms ipad and she just got fired too btw cuz her boss hates her cuz of stuff that somebody put on her facebook page when I was wating to here back from 4chan. Anyway anybody know if they let me in? I gotta see Carly Rae Jepsen naked.

Re:And now... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838219)

You need to delete all the files in the system directory then reboot and your Mom's computer will be good as new!

Re:And now... (1)

Pubstar (2525396) | about a year ago | (#43838453)

First hit on google right now.

Re:And now... (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43838515)

I never got why people put barbells in their nipples. Boobs are perfectly nice without needing to decorate them, unless it's detachable frippery like tassels.

Re:And now... (1)

Pubstar (2525396) | about a year ago | (#43838631)

I like pierced nipples, but on those tits... well, she needs to take attention away from them.

Re:And now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838657)

Still better than her pointy knees tho amirite?!

Re:And now... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43840601)

For the same reasons people get earrings, tattoos, or pretty much other body art... either they want it because they like it and like the look of it, or they want it because it's trendy to do so.

Kinda like why people go straight for the full sleeves and neck tattoos. Whereas the people who have been quietly getting tattooed for years are just sort of wondering if these kids have really thought this through.

I can go into the office and nobody will know I've got tats, but I see a lot of kids go straight for the most visible tattoo they can think of. When I see an 18 year old with the New York Yankees logo tattooed on their neck, I feel a little bad for them. Because, like it or not, people will judge them on it.

And, to your specific question, I believe the pierced nipples gives you increased sensitivity, and something interesting for your partner to play with.

Re:And now... (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year ago | (#43838455)

Yet another win-win (for her) situation: a guy hacks and is prosecuted. a not-that-famous-but-hot-singer gets a lot of publicity. all the geeks arounds search google for that singer.

Why would a celebrity (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year ago | (#43838163)

keep nude photos of themselves on their own computer?

Narcissism?

Re:Why would a celebrity (5, Insightful)

kruach aum (1934852) | about a year ago | (#43838185)

Real narcissists leak their own nude photos so they're on the internet forever, being copied from soulless machine to soulless machine over and over, haunting server farms of the deep future long after everyone's forgotten who the pictures are actually of. This is what it means to be immortal.

Re:Why would a celebrity (3, Insightful)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#43838283)

keep nude photos of themselves on their own computer?

Probably for the very same reason as celebrities leak their own sex tapes, in the hopes that someone will steal and publish them.

Re:Why would a celebrity (5, Interesting)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year ago | (#43838435)

Most of people do not really weight the consequences of taking and carrying such pictures in their phone/laptop/google glasses/... Everybody is used to the consumption era where information circulates quickly and broadly... and what is not published (eg on FB) is kept private. Unfortunately, it is likely that many people do not have the necessary background to protect themselves / act geekfully and a lot of private data is stolen from various places. It only makes the news when the ungeek person is famous...

Re:Why would a celebrity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43839653)

AC just in case... My fiancee has e-mailed me eyes-only pics, and while it's very much appreciated, I have to remind her that this is not a wise action. She is more of the outdoors type, and not geeky, so that supports - at least anecdotally - your interesting point.

Re:Why would a celebrity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43840143)

Pics, or it didn't happen!

Re:Why would a celebrity (1)

TheMathemagician (2515102) | about a year ago | (#43838695)

Because they're attention whores - those in showbiz anyway. Like Hayley from Paramore "accidentally" tweeting a topless picture of herself. Yah right.

Re: Why would a celebrity (0)

iamhassi (659463) | about a year ago | (#43839753)

She's an idiot, if she would have just paid a "hacker" to claim to hack her phone it would have been on /. Seriously does anyone believe these sex tape and hacked phone stories anymore? Ever since Paris Hilton went from zero to famous (well, more famous, famous beyond "daddy owns hotels") from her sex tape every attention whore has been doing it.

Re: Why would a celebrity (1)

paiute (550198) | about a year ago | (#43840011)

She's an idiot, if she would have just paid a "hacker" to claim to hack her phone it would have been on /. Seriously does anyone believe these sex tape and hacked phone stories anymore? Ever since Paris Hilton went from zero to famous (well, more famous, famous beyond "daddy owns hotels") from her sex tape every attention whore has been doing it.

Seriously. Have you noticed that Erin Andrews is all over the place now? Why is that?

We Are Number One (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838307)

When it comes to the supposed criminal justice farce America leads the way. Not since the Salem witch trials has more sick or perverted use of law been used to punish minor offenses. We can make the ancient Roman circus look like a mild and gentle event. Hacking into email is surely worse than murder in our system.

Re:We Are Number One (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838367)

Hello my brother, I have sad news for you. British Columbia has defected to Canada. Tis truly a sad day.

Deserved (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838329)

Good on you, fucker. Mod me down, co-fuckers.

Re:Deserved (1)

jitterman (987991) | about a year ago | (#43839665)

Co-fucker? If you're like this face to face, I don't imagine you HAVE a co-fucker. Which would in turn possibly explain the 'tude. Vicious cycle, no?

"Oddly"? (4, Insightful)

Cruciform (42896) | about a year ago | (#43838635)

I don't see what's odd about the charge for fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services.
If she pays for her voicemail and internet and he accesses that voicemail as her, eg. using her pin, or remote controls her computer and uses it to send data to him (again on her dime), then he's fraudulently using her services.

Back in the early days of prosecuting crackers/hackers they used the 'theft of electricity' laws to nail them because there weren't any laws to cover their actions. So if you penetrated a computer at location A they would nail you for the electricity used while that machine was under your control, as the victim would be paying for the power used by you.

Re:"Oddly"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43839295)

Are you sure? That's, what, 10 cents of electricity "stolen"?

Re:"Oddly"? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | about a year ago | (#43848609)

It wasn't the value that was relevant. The laws existed regarding theft of utilities and had penalties associated with it, so they were able to use that whatever the cost.

Re:"Oddly"? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | about a year ago | (#43848619)

I think there was an example of this in The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll.
It might have been in Hacker Crackdown or another book at the time though. I devoured them all at that age :)

Re:"Oddly"? (1)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about a year ago | (#43842779)

In my defense, the label is misleading. "Obtaining telecommunications services" leads you to think that it's the act of using a carrier's service without paying.

He received no "service" by accessing her computer, only "data". Yes, it's semantics, but I do think it's an important distinction and I think labeling it under this guise is badly presumptuous law.

Who? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43838857)

Celebrity? Never heard of them.

The charges aren't odd (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year ago | (#43839013)

The one regarding " fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services" [justice.gc.ca] is pretty straight forward.

326. (1) Every one commits theft who fraudulently, maliciously, or without colour of right,

        (a) abstracts, consumes or uses electricity or gas or causes it to be wasted or diverted; or

        (b) uses any telecommunication facility or obtains any telecommunication service.

Noting:

(2) In this section and section 327, "telecommunication" means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images or sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, visual or other electromagnetic system.

That charge can be laid against someone who illegally uses access to a telecommunication service--meaning phones, illegal wiretaps, and so on. Also including breaking into wifi networks and so on.

Stripper wants privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43839113)

As far as this clothist is concerned, anyone who loads nude photos of themself onto a telecom- or Internet-connected device should expect it to turn up elsewhere.
Ignorance is no defense.

Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (2)

Striikerr (798526) | about a year ago | (#43839429)

I am at a loss as to why people and in particular, celebrities (regardless of how minor) continue to take nude pictures on their cell phones. They have to or should know by now that phones go missing, computers get hacked and all of those pictures can and will wind up on the internet. This has happened so many times in the past with the releases being quite publicly discussed and yet there seems to be no end to people shooting pictures of themselves which they do not want the public to see.
The worst issue is with teens sending pictures to their girlfriend / boyfriend, trusting them and believing that they will always be together as these pictures can be quite damaging to the individual if / when released to their peers. I guess we still need to educate the masses about the risks inherent to these types of media devices.

Re:Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43839777)

It might be easier to change the rules of society so that such information isn't considered embarrassing / compromising / likely-to-cost-you-a-job-later.

That's already starting in some circles, but it's in direct conflict with the established (older generation's) perceptions of privacy and morality. Expect a lot more value collisions of this sort as the new raised-on-digital generation grows older and more influential.

Re:Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (2)

smooth wombat (796938) | about a year ago | (#43840927)

Or maybe people could show a bit of class and not have nude pictures lying around where anyone could find them.

If the only way for you to make a name for yourself is to show your nude body, you might want to reconsider your employment choices.*

* Some Playboy and Penthouse folks have degrees and use them. They're not being nude just to make money.

Re:Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (1)

Chirs (87576) | about a year ago | (#43843993)

Some Playboy and Penthouse folks have degrees and use them. They're not being nude just to make money.

Sure they are.

The fact that they may *also* be smart/talented doesn't affect the fact that the vast majority of them are getting nude purely for the money. Maybe some for the thrill. They're certainly not doing it to solve world hunger, cure cancer, or bring about global peace.

Re:Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43869907)

Modeling for Playboy isn't going to make you rich so its more likely that they're doing it for the thrill of being a model for Playboy. Otherwise you might as well get a dull job out in industry with that degree.

Re:Why Do People Still Take Nude Photos on Phones? (2)

tompaulco (629533) | about a year ago | (#43840307)

There have also been instances where a minor takes a picture of themselves nude, sends it to their boyfriend and then gets charged with distribution of child pornography. Ironically, they probably get tried as an adult.

Mischief to data (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43840535)

mischief to data

That's a perfect phrase to describe the future dystopian vision I have been anticipating for years:

The police snooping any and all data at will (with the full approval of the courts), under the guise of investigating possible "mischief to data".

It's the perfect phrase to use by the authorities for a massive power grab.

"mischief to data" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43843907)

mischief to data

What in the unholy fuck is "mischief to data"?

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