In internet crime news, Facebook high jinks have landed two Glassport men in court for hacking a Facebook account. They are being charged with unlawful use of a computer, computer trespass, identity theft and conspiracy.
The suspects, one 18 and the other 19 years old, allegedly accessed the Facebook account belonging to the ex-girlfriend of one of the men, as well as her webmail. Authorities state they changed her passwords, denying her access to her accounts, and added a pornographic picture to her Facebook profile that her friends and family could see.
Police Sgt. Rob Jones stated the victim informed police of the incident on August 25. Upon investigating, Sgt. Jones found the accounts were accessed around August 22, and traced that access to the Comcast internet account belonging to the mother of one of the suspects. Upon questioning, one of the suspects admitted he witnessed the other accessing the victim's accounts by successfully answering the woman's security questions.
The internet is not a place that is immune to the laws of the everyday world, but many people today do quickly get in over their heads with bad behavior. The internet provides an illusion of anonymity at times, which can embolden people to do bad acts without thinking of the consequences. However, as this case illustrates, the authorities were quickly able to determine when and where the illegal access occurred and they were able to connect the dots from there.
It seems that every week or so we see another story in the news of internet activity leading to criminal charges. The stories range from serious offenses like child pornography and identity theft to newer issues like cyber bullying and internet stalking. In this case, it appears that either the accused thought they were perpetrating a prank, thought they would never be caught, or a combination of both. However, the authorities tend to take these matters very seriously. If you believe that you or a loved one may be the target of an internet crime investigation, you may be best served by speaking with a criminal defense attorney with experience in internet crime cases.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 2 draw criminal charges in hacking of Facebook page, Bob Stiles, 10/21/2010