(WASHINGTON) — Two men accused of breaching the systems of image and video hosting website Photobucket were arrested and indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
Brandon Bourret, 39, and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, were each arrested on Friday at their homes, the DOJ said, without incident. Between July 2012 and July 2014, the two “knowingly conspired to commit acts and offenses against the United States, namely computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud,” a DOJ press release says. The two aimed to make money by selling passwords and unauthorized access to private and password-protected information, images and videos.
Bourret and Andrianakis allegedly developed, marketed and sold a software application that allowed users to circumvent privacy settings on the Photobucket website and to access and copy users’ private and password-protected information.
“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 John 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.”
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