In the U.S., a man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the systematic cyber-terror against its neighbors. The 46-year-old Barry Ardolf, described as "WLAN hacker from hell" had felt angry at his neighbors and took revenge by hacking their WEP encrypted wireless network and sending threat mails to politicians in their name. All of the unusual case is reported in wired
, which also has links to case documents.
Barry Ardolf used the neighbor's wireless network to download child pornography and created a fake MySpace page with pornographic images. He also sent porn to neighbors and colleagues wrote love letters to women on the married man's workplace. Ardolf used the man's real e-mail account and all traffic could be traced back to the neighbor's wireless network, so he obviously thought that he could not be traced.
But that ended cyberchikanen not. He sent death threats to Vice President Joe Biden and other politicians - threats that got the U.S. Secret Service to show up at the neighbor's office.
An expert was hired to analyze traffic in the network, and he soon found clues that pointed toward Ardolf. The FBI then conducted a search of his house and found the hacker manuals and data copied from a neighbor's computer. It also proved that he had previously conducted similar harassment against other neighbors.
The prosecutor believes that he has tried to destroy his neighbors' career and reputation damage to their marriage and create chaos in their lives. So it was enough to trigger the long prison sentences, who are classified as unusually harsh because the man had not previously been convicted.
From a technical standpoint it is interesting that this wireless network was "only" protected by WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). This standard from 1999 is reckoned as uncertain. It is recommended to protect the wireless network with WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2), which is supported by all new routers.
Of course there are many who do not protect their wireless networks. But the case from Minnesota shows how wrong things can go if you share its network with a neighbor.Posted by: Date:
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
|that dude have too much time in his hands!|
|I'm glad my neighbors aren't that bad!|
In fact, I rarely see Mr. Bin Laden or Mr. Gadaffi, wonder why that is...
|posted by (2011-07-14 02:44:55)|
|He got what he deserved ! now he has 18 yrs to think about it and do it right on his next life ! what's a scumbag|
|Well, now he will have a new neighbor and his name is Bubba lol.|
|and he might have a new wireless soap on a rope lol|
|very very funy story . to bad he did it for the wrong things . but he got wat he diserved . tnkx for the read|
|if thats a picture of his house then i imagine he looked like the guy from the munsters you wrannnnnng ...house looks kinda creepy a bit like him they all get caught eventually the hackers .... 18 years what about the reputation of the guy he tried to destroy with child porn it will take years for that guy to rebuild his life..mud sticks as they say|
|posted by (2011-07-14 21:16:58)|
|well imo he got of easy child porn = life in prison imo but thats me.yes he will use the rest of his life trying to built up his reputation again|
|posted by (2011-07-16 00:08:16)|
|Great read, what a nut. found his address on spokeo|
|@greigstar dude your out of your freaken mind if you think all hackers should be locked up without them buddy your live in 1 messed up world and not even know it without them governments can lie all they want and never get caught|
|There are hackers who take a moral stand and show people/companies/governments etc! for what they are, what this guy did is inexcusable, if you ruin a life/lives you should get life, 18 years is a good amount of time to ponder his actions. The guy obviously has a major screw loose, and needs to be locked up.|
On another point, how stupid to use WEP and continue to use it during an attack, it should be a banned encryption method now that any muppet with a spare 10 minutes and a mobile phone/laptop could hack it. Surely they sought advice and suspected that the wireless connection was an access point. Makes you wonder how many other people run an old WEP system?
Now a question: Is it the moral duty of your ISP to supply you with a secure device, or is it your responsibility to secure that device, if the former should the law force all ISP's to upgrade old supplied routers with newer routers with WPA2 already setup.
|posted by (2011-07-17 15:01:15)|
|well ANY 1 is a HACKER should be lucked up stealing some one netwok is a crime. hacker says a persion dont have firewall any security on they on they system hmm say give us right access ur pc you are if not protected . hmm like some one go 2 market .. see stuff out on display take it . dnt justfly steal some esy networks .|
|Great article, very entertaining! Lock him up and throw away the key! Stuff he did was just crazy, no excuse!|