Don't upset hacker next door, or risk porn and terrorist threats

14 July 2011

A pile of WiFi

When the Kostolnik family moved into their new home in Minneapolis in 2009, they had no idea the hell that'd be unleashed on them by the house next door. After the family reported their neighbour Barry Ardolf to the police for kissing their four-year old son on the lips, Ardolf set about ruining the life of Matt Kostolnik.

Ardolf hacked into his neighbour's encrypted WiFi and created a MySpace page in Kostolnik's name, where he posted images of under-age children having sex, adding a profile to the About section that said:

“I bet my coworker that since I’m a lawyer and a darn great one that I could get away with putting up porn on my site here.

I bet that all I have to do is say that there is plausible deniability since anybody could have put this on my site. Like someone hacked my page and added porn without my knowledge. This is reasonable doubt. I’m a darn good lawyer and I can get away with doing anything!”

He also emailed the same child porn to Kostolnik's co-workers from Kostolnik's own account, and then went as far as threatening the vice-President, Joe Biden.

Kostolnik's employers were already aware that a third party was accessing Kostolnik's email, but when the Secret Service turned up, they were able to pin it all on Ardolf - as well as finding proof that he'd harassed other individuals in a similar way.

This week, Ardolf was handed an 18-year prison term for his "bizarre and calculated campaign of terror".

[Wired]

TOPICS:   Technology

4 comments

  • Dick
    Was the four-year-old a looker?
  • Zleet
    @Dick Shouldn't have laughed at that but I did. lol
  • Billy
    ^^^^ Pair of Glitters by the sounds of it. And no, you shouldn't have laughed unless it was a nervous chuckle.
  • Man P.
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