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Old 07-12-2011, 05:10 PM  
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wiFi hacker gets 18 years

Wi-Fi–Hacking Neighbor From Hell Sentenced to 18 Years | Threat Level | Wired.com

Wi-Fi?Hacking Neighbor From Hell Sentenced to 18 Years

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A Minnesota hacker prosecutors described as a ?depraved criminal? was handed an 18-year prison term Tuesday for unleashing a vendetta of cyberterror that turned his neighbors? lives into a living nightmare.

Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors? Wi-Fi network in 2009, and used it to try and frame them for child pornography, sexual harassment, various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden.

His motive was to get back at his new neighbors after they told the police he?d kissed their 4-year-old son on the lips.

?Barry Ardolf has demonstrated by his conduct that he is a dangerous man. When he became angry at his neighbors, he vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them,? (.pdf) prosecutor Timothy Rank said in a court filing. ?And he did not wage this campaign in the light of day, but rather used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.

?Over months and months, he inflicted unfathomable psychic damage, making the victims feel vulnerable in their own home, while avoiding detection.?

Ardolf?s attorney, Kevin O?Brien, said in a telephone interview that ?it was a lengthy sentence for a first time offender.?

Ardolf had no criminal record, but an investigation revealed that he?d also hijacked the Wi-Fi of other neighbors, and terrorized them as well.

A father of two, Ardolf had turned down a 2-year plea agreement last year to charges related to the Biden e-mail. After that, the authorities piled on more charges, including identity theft and two kiddie-porn accusations carrying lifetime sex-offender registration requirements. He pleaded guilty to them all last year.

The bizarre tale began in 2009 when Matt and Bethany Kostolnik moved in the house next door to Ardolf, who at the time was a Medronic computer technician living in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine. On their first day at their new home, the Kostolnik?s then-4-year-old son wandered near Ardolf?s house. While carrying him back next door, Ardolf allegedly kissed the boy on the lips.

?We?ve just moved next door to a pedophile,? Mrs. Kostolnik told her husband.


The couple reported Ardolf to the police, angering their creepy new neighbor. ?I decided to ?get even? by launching computer attacks against him,? Ardolf later wrote in a letter to the judge.

Rank, the prosecutor, put it not so mildly:

?It was apparently this incident which caused the defendant to begin a calculated campaign to terrorize his neighbors, doing whatever he could to destroy the careers and professional reputations of Matt and Bethany Kostolnik, to damage the Kostolniks? marriage, and to generally wreak havoc on their lives,? he said.

Ardolf downloaded Wi-Fi hacking software and spent two weeks cracking the Kostolnik?s WEP encryption. Then he used their own Wi-Fi network to create a fake MySpace page for the husband, where he posted a picture of a pubescent girl having sex with two young boys. Under the ?about me? section, he wrote:

?I bet my coworker that since I?m a lawyer and a darn great one that I could get away with putting up porn on my site here. I bet that all I have to do is say that there is plausible deniability since anybody could have put this on my site. Like someone hacked my page and added porn without my knowledge. This is reasonable doubt. I?m a darn good lawyer and I can get away with doing anything!?

He then e-mailed the same child porn to one of the husband?s co-workers, and sent flirtatious e-mail to women in Mr. Kostolnik?s office. ?You are such a fox,? read one of the e-mails. He sent the message?s through the husband?s genuine e-mail account.

After the husband explained to his law office superiors that he had no idea what was happening, his bosses hired a law firm that examined his network and discovered that an ?unknown? device had access to it. With Kostolnik?s permission, they installed a packet sniffer on his network to try and get to the bottom of the incidents.

Then, in May 2009,the Secret Service showed up at Kostolnik?s office to ask about several threatening e-mails sent from his Yahoo account, and traced to his IP address, that were addressed to Biden and other politicians. The subject line of one e-mail read: ?This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously.?

?I swear to God I?m going to kill you!,? part of the message to Biden said.

A forensics computer investigator working for Kostolnik?s law firm examined the packet logs, and found the e-mail sessions sending the threats. In the data surrounding the threatening traffic, they found traffic containing Ardolf?s name and Comcast account .

The FBI got a search warrant for Ardolf?s house and computer, and found reams of evidence, including copies of data swiped from the Kostolniks? computer, and hacking manuals with titles such as ?Cracking WEP Using Backtrack: A Beginner?s Guide;? ?Tutorial: Simple WEP Crack Aircrack-ng? and ?Cracking WEP with BackTrack 3 ? Step by Step instructions.? They also found handwritten notes laying out Ardolf?s revenge plans, and a cache of snail mail that Ardolf had apparently stolen from the Kostolniks? mail box and stashed under his bed.

?One of the manuals had Ardolf?s handwriting on it and another had the unique identifying ID for the Kostolniks? router typed into it,? Rank, the prosector, wrote.

Also discovered in Ardolf?s possession was the pornographic image posted on MySpace and sent to the husband?s co-worker, and evidence that he?d secretly staged a similar harassment campaign against a neighbor at Ardolf?s previous home in Brooklyn Park, another Minneapolis suburb. Among other things, he sent that family a snail-mail message consisting of a one-page, color print-out of the family?s ?TurboTax? return with personally identifying information, in addition to several skull images.

?I told you about a year ago that you should be very afraid. I can destroy you at will, you sorry ass excuse for a human,? the letter said.

The Brooklyn Park family told the FBI they believed Ardolf was upset that their personal care attendants, who looked after their two disabled twin daughters, parked their car in front of his house.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:48 PM  
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That right there is some spooky stuff.
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:35 PM  
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I'll think twice before messing with a geek. Nice they gave him plenty of time to dwell on his psychotic behavior.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:05 AM  
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Don't mess with the lawyer with an army of tech guys that work for his firm.

This dude was off his rocker and more than likely a kid toucher. He should go to prison for the time of the trial then be drug out back and shot.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:53 AM  
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I was glad to see this. It establishes a precedence for prosecuting e crimes.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:46 PM  
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I was glad to see this. It establishes a precedence for prosecuting e crimes.
I think it's going to become a mess long before anything useful emerges.

NEW YORK TIMES: A respected Harvard researcher who also is an Internet folk hero has been arrested in Boston on charges related to computer hacking, which are based on allegations that he downloaded articles that he was entitled to get free.

AMERICAN PROSPECT: It's easy to forget that there's something at all controversial or oppositional about accessing information, or that some people really, really want data to be free -- and others don't. Open data has been mainstreamed. Whatever hacker-culture roots the free information movement might have are subsumed by the idea that simply everyone agrees that data is meant to be free, and the struggle is over the mechanics of freeing it. That's never really been true, as Swartz's case makes plain.

BOSTON GLOBE: [Attorney Jerry] Cohen said the use of criminal charges here is the latest in what has been a government trend to prosecute such cases, which he described as taking ?a sledgehammer to drive a thumb tack.' 'It might be taking too big a weapon,?? he said. ?It?s intended to terrorize the person who?s indicted and others who might be thinking of the same thing.'

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ORIGINAL POST: Shocking news: Moments ago former Demand Progress Executive Director Aaron Swartz was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading so many journal articles constitutes felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison. We disagree.

The charges are made all the more senseless by the fact that the alleged victim has settled any claims against Aaron, explained they've suffered no loss or damage, and asked the government not to prosecute.

James Jacobs, the Government Documents Librarian at Stanford University -- where Aaron did undergraduate work -- denounced the arrest: "Aaron's prosecution undermines academic inquiry and democratic principles," Jacobs said. "It's incredible that the government would try to lock someone up for allegedly looking up articles at a library."

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I freakin hate hackers. I wish I could get a few hits in before they lock 'em up
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Why is it I figured it would not be long before that violence came out of you, Chris?
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Because I am Chris, lol.
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