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  1. #1
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    CA - George Bronk hacked into 172 women's email accounts/used coercion to control

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110115/...FsaWZtYW51c2Vk

    Calif. man used Facebook to hack women's e-mails

    "SACRAMENTO, Calif. In a cautionary tale for users of social-networking sites, a California man has admitted using personal information he gleaned from Facebook to hack into women's e-mail accounts, then send nude pictures of them to everyone in their address book. The California attorney general's office said Friday that George Bronk, 23, commandeered the e-mail accounts of dozens of women in the U.S. and England. He then scanned the women's "sent" folders for nude and seminude photos and videos, and forwarded any he found to all the women's contacts, prosecutors said.

    Bronk coerced one woman into sending him more explicit photographs by threatening to distribute the pictures he already had. One victim told authorities the intrusion felt like "virtual rape."

    Bronk, who lives in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven felonies in Sacramento County Superior Court, including computer intrusion, false impersonation and possession of child pornography....."

    and


    "...Prosecutors said Bronk would scan women's Facebook accounts looking for those who posted their e-mail addresses. He would then study their Facebook postings to learn the answers to common security questions like their favorite color or father's middle name.
    He contacted the women's e-mail providers and used the information to gain control of their accounts...."

    and

    "....Investigators found 172 e-mail files containing explicit photographs of women when they searched Bronk's computer in September, according to a court affidavit. They were able to track his victims to England, Washington, D.C., and 17 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington...."

    "....He is a sick individual...."


    more at link (mug shot)

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    George is one creepy guy. He's 24 and yet his parents offered to take away his internet privileges so he could be released. He was merely drunk and thought it was funny. He also wanted to be an EMT. That's out the window.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_907506.html

    George Bronk Sentenced For Facebook Stalking
    July 22, 2011

    "A California man who trolled women's Facebook pages searching for clues that allowed him to take over their email accounts was sentenced Friday to more than four years in state prison after a judge rejected a plea for a lighter sentence and likened the man to a peeping Tom.

    Once he took over women's email accounts, George Bronk searched their folders for nude or semi-nude photographs or videos sent to their husbands or boyfriends and distributed the images to their contact list, prosecutors said. The emails went to families, friends and co-workers. Women in 17 states, the District of Columbia and England were victimized...."

    and

    "...Bronk, 24, pleaded guilty in January to charges that included computer intrusion, false impersonation and possession of child pornography. [Judge Lawrence] Brown sentenced him to four years in state prison for the charges related to the Facebook and email offenses, and added eight more months for charges related to child pornography...."

    more at link (and photo)

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    Yet another example of parents making excuses and deflecting responsibility for their family’s horrific behavior.
    Judgment is not about destruction, but about setting things right.

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    I'm confused by the parents' involvement with their son. The article says that he moved home to care for his parents. That leads me to the assumption that they are both ill or incapacitated. I simply don't understand how they could have managed an adult son's internet access.

    In fact, I never understand how families are expected by judges to follow through with that sort of supervision and restriction of an adult family member, often one who they think is not guilty as charged. It makes no sense to me.



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