By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
November 2, 2010
A 23-year-old California man was expected to appear in court Tuesday,
after police say he broke into the Web mail accounts of more than 3,000
women and posted sexually explicit images of many of them on Facebook.
George Samuel Bronk was arrested Friday following an investigation
involving federal authorities and the California Highway Patrol's
Computer Crimes Investigation Unit. He is set to be arraigned Tuesday
afternoon in Sacramento County Court.
Investigators were tipped off after a Connecticut woman contacted local
police saying that someone had posted sexually explicit photographs of
her to her Facebook page. The photos had apparently been taken from a
hacked Web mail account.
Investigators then linked the IP (Internet Protocol) address used to
access the hacked accounts to Bronk's computer. They raided his Citrus
Heights, California, home on Sept. 24 and discovered evidence that there
may be thousands of victims, according to Sergeant Kelly Dixon, of the
CHP's Computer Crimes Unit. Police also found images of child
pornography on the computer, he added.
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