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Police say man hacked into teens' computers, demanded sexual images from them




Police say man hacked into teens' computers, demanded sexual images from them
Police say man hacked into teens' computers, demanded sexual images from them



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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-asec-sex-hacker-extortion-031709,0,3650679.story 

By Amy L. Edwards 
The Orlando Sentinel
Sentinel Staff Writer
March 17, 2009 

For years, Patrick Connolly terrorized girls across the globe, federal 
investigators say.

He scoured the Web for unsuspecting teens, chatted them up, then hacked 
into their computers and issued a threat: Send nude pictures and sex 
videos of yourself =E2=80=94 or else.

Connolly, a contractor at a U.S. military base in Baghdad, and another 
man victimized about 4,000 young women across the world, including 
Florida, according to a criminal complaint made public Monday. Connolly 
hounded an Orlando teen for several years, even traveling to the United 
States and showing up at her work in 2004.

The two men knew how to take control of computers =E2=80=94 monitoring what 
girls were typing, deleting their files, and spying on their pictures 
and music files, investigators allege.

Authorities arrested Connolly, 36, on Friday at Hartsfield-Jackson 
Atlanta International Airport. It was not immediately clear why he flew 
to Georgia. Connolly, a citizen of Northern Ireland, waived a court 
appearance in Georgia on Monday and will be brought to Orlando.

He was arrested on a charge of computer intrusion, more commonly known 
as hacking, but the complaint outlined many more serious potential 
charges.

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