Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office say that three Pittsburgh residents hacked into a law firm's computer network and stole "personal financial information" about firm employees in violation of federal law. Authorities also claim that one of the defendants, who were recently indicted by a federal grand jury and arrested, is a member of the hacking collective Anonymous. If convicted of these Internet charges, the three could face up to 26 years in prison.
The Internet has changed the way we live. Thanks to the Internet, it is easier to stay in touch with family and friends and business can be conducted at the speed of light. However, the Internet is not immune to criminal laws and people are charged with Internet crimes in Pennsylvania every day.
This week, a judge ruled that Leon Walker will stand trial in one of the most unusual internet crime prosecutions in memory. The case will have profound implications for inter-spousal privacy and the application of anti-hacking statutes. On April 11, the 33-year-old man will stand trial and face charges that he illegally hacked into his then-wife's e-mail account.
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.