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Computer Hacker Sentenced to Thirty Months

December 16 , 2011

Tampa, FL - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazarra today sentenced Joseph Campbell (24, Largo) to 2 ½ years in federal prison for hacking into various victims personal computers. The court also ordered Campbell to forfeit his computers, which he used to commit the offenses. Campbell pled guilty on August 5, 2011.

According to court documents, in early January 2011, the Belleair Police Department was contacted by a local resident, identified as victim “L.D.,” who reported that someone had hacked their computer and stolen a photograph (of ‘L.D.”), then improperly accessed the victim's Facebook account and posted the stolen photograph on the victim's Facebook page. The resident further reported that there was a link on the victim’s Facebook page to various adult-oriented websites.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officials were contacted by numerous other individuals who reported similar incidents. The individuals’ private photographs and videos, stored on their computers, were stolen and posted on various websites. Along with the postings was information on the various victims, including what high schools they had attended and other personal identifying information.

An extensive investigation determined that Campbell had hacked into approximately 19 separate women’s computers, stole their personal information and photographs, and posted it on various websites, to harass the victims and cause them emotional distress. Campbell had no authorization to access the victims' computers, and had no authority to obtain any of their computer files, or to upload them to the Facebook website.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Bellair Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda C. Kaiser.











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