Two men, who were indicted and arrested Stateside on Friday for allegedly breaching pic-hosting website Photobucket.com, face swindling and rascal charges.
The suspects, Brandon Bourret, 39, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, California, were cuffed and taken divided for questioning, a U.S. Department of Justice said.
An indictment (PDF) opposite a defendants claimed that they “knowingly conspired and concluded with any other to dedicate acts and offences opposite a laws of a United States, namely mechanism rascal and abuse, entrance device fraud, marker request rascal and handle fraud.”
Bourret and Andrianakis sole an focus called “Photofucket” to wrongdoers who sought to pillage Photobucket’s users’ private and password-protected information, images and videos, it has been alleged.
The DoJ combined in a statement:
The conspirators used Photofucket to obtain guest passwords to entrance users’ cue stable albums. They also transferred, or caused to be transferred, guest passwords to others who paid to use a Photofucket application.
The assign piece opposite Bourret and Andrianakis sum one count of swindling and one count of mechanism fraud, assist and abet – both of that lift a limit jail judgment of 5 years and a excellent of adult to $250,000.
The group also mount indicted of dual depends of entrance device fraud, that carries a aloft jail judgment of adult to 10 years and a excellent of adult to a entertain of a million dollars, per count.
“It is not stable to censor behind your computer, crack corporate servers and line your possess pockets by victimising those who have a right to stable remoteness on a internet,” pronounced U.S. Attorney for a District of Colorado John Walsh.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is keenly focused on prosecuting those people for their burglary – and for a vulgar mistreat they do to trusting internet users.” ®