A California man pleaded guilty to seven felonies, all stemming from breaking into email accounts of women, looking through their sent folders for nude photos and videos, and then forwarding them off to everyone in the victim’s address book.
He used the same technique that Sarah Palin hacker David Kernell used to break into the Yahoo account: He scoured his victims’ Facebook accounts for answers to the security questions used by Web-based e-mail services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail.
The man would look for Facebook profiles that provided personal info like email address, birthday, favorite color, and the like. Once in, he would then initiate a password reset request on the email account and answer the security questions to gain access, From here, he would look through the sent messages folder for racy pictures that the woman may have sent and would then forward those images to everyone in the woman’s address book.
Of the 3,200 accounts he broke into, Bronk found nude or semi-nude photos in 172 of them, prosecutors said.
In one case he persuaded a victim to send him even more explicit photographs by threatening to post the ones he’d stolen if she didn’t.
Bronk faces six years in prison on felony hacking, child pornography and identity theft charges. He entered his plea Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court.