Threatwatch

Man who accessed Paris Hilton’s cell phone is sentenced for a different offense – hacking cops

Cyber espionage; Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; User accounts compromised

Cameron Lacroix, 25, of Massachusetts, who reportedly pranked Paris Hilton a decade ago, is going to jail for a hacking spree that targeted law enforcement and school systems, among other machines nationwide.

“One of the hacked networks belonged to a local Massachusetts police department and exposed an e-mail account belonging to the unidentified department's chief of police,” Ars Technica reports.

Lacroix also hit computers at Bristol Community College, so he could change his grades and those of other students.

“Lacroix allegedly used stolen login credentials belonging to three instructors to gain illegal access,” Ars reports. “The man is also accused of obtaining and possessing payment card data for more than 14,000 unique account holders.”

He pled guilty to various charges and has agreed to serve four years in federal prison.

ThreatWatch is a regularly updated catalog of data breaches successfully striking every sector of the globe, as reported by journalists, researchers and the victims themselves. 

sector

Financial Services; Government (U.S.)

reported

June 2, 2014

reported by

Ars Technica

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

United States

perpetrators

Individual hacker

location of perpetrators

Massachusetts, United States

date breach occurred

A two-year span beginning in May 2011

date breach detected

Unknown