Paris Hilton hacker gets 11 months in jail
A Massachusetts teenager who reportedly hacked into Paris Hilton's cell phone account has been sentenced to 11 months in prison at a juvenile facility.india Updated: Sep 15, 2005 19:34 IST
A Massachusetts teenager who reportedly hacked into Paris Hilton's cell phone account has been sentenced to 11 months in prison at a juvenile facility.
Celebrity phone numbers stored in Hilton's cell phone were posted online when her account was hacked earlier this year. A Washington Post report on Wednesday said Hilton was a victim of the 17-year-old Massachusetts boy.
Prosecutors would not name him or confirm Hilton as a victim, citing federal law that keeps such information under seal in juvenile cases.
The teenager was sentenced last week in US District Court in Boston. He pleaded guilty before Judge Rya W. Zobel to nine counts of juvenile delinquency, prosecutors said.
The charges included hacking into Internet and telephone service providers, theft of personal information and posting it on the Web, and making bomb threats to high schools in Florida and Massachusetts, all over a 15-month period.
While in custody and during two years of supervised release, the teenager is prohibited from possessing or using any computer, cell phone or other equipment capable of accessing the Internet. Prosecutors said the teenager's first crime was in March 2004, when he e-mailed a bomb threat to a Florida school. The school was closed for two days while officials investigated and ruled the threat a hoax.
In January, the teenager hacked into T-Mobile's computer system and looked up account information of its customers, including Hilton.
Hilton, a hotel chain heiress whose sex tape with an ex-boyfriend became a cyberspace novelty, stars on the Fox TV reality show The Simple Life.
First Published: Sep 15, 2005 19:34 IST