Cyber bully in the ‘hood

Sometimes I’m thrilled to share info on broadband use in Minnesota. Sometimes I’d like to change the name of the location to protect the innocent location. Just be glad that you don’t live next door to this guy. According to WIRED

A Minnesota hacker that 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.

Yikes! According to District Court verdict

Indeed, there is every reason to believe that the victims identified in this case are not his only victims.

So that’s a little scary. In the end he was convicted of child pornography and aggravated identity theft. I was curious if there was a technology related charge for something like this. It doesn’t appear as if it has been invoked if there is, but it does seem like the potential for repeat offense due to the ease of computer-based crime was a factor in sentencing (again from the court document).

When Barry Ardolf is released from prison at the end of his term of commitment, he will do something like this again to someone else who has angered him, only this time he will be even more careful. The only way to prevent that is to incarcerate him for a very long time.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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