U.S. attorney: Blaine hacker targeted neighbor

U.S. attorney: Blaine hacker targeted neighbor
U.S. attorney: Blaine hacker targeted neighbor 

Star Tribune
December 16, 2010

A Blaine man hacked into his neighbor's wireless Internet to send 
e-mails containing child pornography, sexual advances and threats to 
Vice President Joe Biden to smear and terrorize people who had made him 
angry, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday.

What set Barry Vincent Ardolf apart, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim 
Rank, was his computer expertise and vindictiveness to meticulously 
carry out a scheme that almost succeeded in making it appear that all 
those things came from his neighbor's computer.

Rank cautioned jurors on the first day of Ardolf's federal trial in St. 
Paul to not be intimidated by the technical minutiae of tapping into 
somebody else's wireless service and creating bogus e-mails and MySpace 

"This case is about a dangerous man,'' Rank said in his opening 
arguments. "A person who got mad at his neighbors and then used his 
knowledge and technical training to terrorize them and try to destroy 
their lives."


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