07 December 2007

North Carolina Man Sentenced To 110 Years for Hacking and Extortion

A North Carolina man was sentenced last week to 110 years in prison after admitting that he and an accomplice used malware to hack into computers used by young girls, and used illicitly gained data to blackmail them into sending lurid photos of themselves.

Ivory D. Dickerson, a civil engineer, and his accomplice sent e-mails or instant messages to underage girls to trick them into opening a file containing the Bifrost Trojan horse. The malware would then give Dickerson and his accomplice control over the victim's computer, and they would try to use hacked information to coerce the girls into creating and sending lurid photos of themselves.

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