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'Photo****et' creators arrested on conspiracy and fraud-related charges

By Shawn Knight
May 11, 2015
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  1. men arrested photobucket hacking conspiracy illegally accessing private photos hacking arrest pictures images photos hackers photobucket photo****et

    The Department of Justice recently announced the arrest of two men believed to be responsible for a popular hacking tool called Photo****et.

    Authorities claim 39-year-old Brandon Bourret of Colorado Springs and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, developed and sold the aforementioned software between July 12, 2012 and July 1, 2014. Photo****et allowed users to circumvent Photobucket’s security measures and gain access to files within private folders.

    Both men face one count of conspiracy, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine and one count of computer fraud, aid and abet, which carries the same five year / $250,000 penalty. Both men also face two counts of access device fraud which could result in a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars and up to a $250,000 fine, per count.

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle of the bureau’s Denver division said the arrest of the two men reflects the FBI’s commitment to investigate those who undertake activities such as this with the intent to harm a company and its customers.

    Photobucket isn’t nearly as popular today as it was years ago during the Myspace era. Without Instagram or Imgur to store photos and before camera phones were decent enough for sexting, people would often use Photobucket for their NSFW sharing needs. But do to the way that Photobucket went about privatizing folders, it was relatively easy to sniff out images in a private account which is where Photo****et excelled.

    The DoJ said the investigation regarding the breach and which albums were accessed is ongoing.

    Image courtesy NetPhotos / Alamy via Engadget

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  2. Pinkie Pie

    Pinkie Pie TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    I used to use Photobucket years ago until they completely ruined their site. I hate the new layout and you can't even directly link to images any more, it's horrible now. Imgur is infinitely better.
    wastedkill likes this.
  3. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 669   +245

    The website name is actually offensive and by logical extension the reporting of the story. I hope this website doesn't resort to posting articles about websites that serve porn to fill slow news day spots.

    I know I am probably in the minority here but I'll state my opinion, none the less. Maybe put an "XXX" icon next to the posts and start classifying posts like you have done on your forums? That's a hell of an idea by the way for the forums. I can live with that.

    Edit: Oh my God. And as I finish my post I am seeing 'stars' now. That's better anyway. Thank You!

    Okee, sometimes I see stars and sometimes I don't. I must need lie down and rest or the website needs to heal itself.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 Inquisitor Posts: 4,493   +3,492

    I thought it was a typo at first. But I agree with the sentiment. Vulgarity in titles (or content) should be reserved for back-web fluff websites trying to ape Salon, not professional tech blogs.

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