The federal law forbids any one to withdraw data from any one else’s storage without the consent of the owner. In fact, it is considered to be a serious criminal offense. Two individuals were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this regard. To be precise, the charges pressed by the FBI against Brandon Bourret and Athanasios Andrianakis include felony charges, hacking into the image and video hosting website, Photobucket.com. The men were arrested by the FBI from their respective homes on Friday.
According to the reports, the suspects arrested by the FBI were trying to sell an application that allows the users to access the account of others. Thus, you can have access to all the account information, private images and videos. The application was created by the two individuals, by the name of ‘Photofucket’ back in the year 2012 and was sold to a few buyers to allow them to hack into the user’s data at Photobucket.com.
Brandon Bourret, aged 39 is a resident of Colorado Springs, while his partner Athanasios Andrianakis, aged 26 is a Sunnyvale California resident. According to the statement of the United States Attorney, John Walsh, the United State Attorney’s Office is strictly looking forward to get the right punishment for the two convicts. By no means, hacking into corporate servers and stealing data from there can be taken lightly.
The two individuals are expected to be convicted and sent to the federal prison for at least a minimum of 5 years with a fine amount of $250,000, under the account of computer fraud and conspiracy. They can also be convicted for 10 years and a fine of $250,000 on account of access device fraud.
Michael Clark, the Chief Technology Officer at Photobucket.com said that they are looking into the matter as some individuals fear that many private photos and videos might well have already been leaked.