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Feds Indict Two Men For Breaching Online Image Website, Photobucket

May 12, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds Indict Two Men For Breaching Online Image Website, Photobucket

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Federal prosecutors in Colorado have charged Two men for breaching Photobucket, the Colorado-based online image and video hosting website. The announcement made by U.S. Attorney John Walsh for the District of Colorado and Thomas Ravenelle for the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Federal agents arrested Brandon Bourret, 39, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, California at their homes last week.

According to the indictment, from July 12, 2012 through July 1, 2014, Bourret and Andrianakis knowingly conspired to breach the site in order to steal and sell Password protected information. The private content included unauthorized access to photos and videos as a way to enrich themselves.

The indictment alleges that the defendants developed, marketed and sold a software application they called Photofucket. The software allowed viewers to bypass privacy settings of Photobucket.com in order to gain access by copying users passwords, which allowed access to private and password protected information.

The men also transferred, or caused to be transferred, guest passwords to others who paid users of the Photofucket application

Feds charged both Bourret and Andrianakis with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud. The indictment further alleges that there was interdependence among the members of the conspiracy.

“It is not safe to hide behind your computer, breach corporate servers and line your own pockets by victimizing those who have a right to protected privacy on the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney Walsh. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is keenly focused on prosecuting those people for their theft — and for the wanton harm they do to innocent internet users.”

The one count of conspiracy carries a penalty of five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. They each face one count of computer fraud, aid, and abet, which also carries a five-year federal prison sentence and up to a $250,000 fine. The counts of access device fraud could see them face ten years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, for each count.

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