PhotoTwo men who allegedly sold software that let consumers break into Photobucket.com's system and download pictures of naked women have been arrested by FBI agents.

Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh said the two sold the app, called "Photofucket" -- that allowed users to get around the privacy and security settings on Photobucket. It also allegedly automatically found photos of nude and scantily-clad women and downloaded them.

FBI agents arrested Brandon Bourret, 39, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, Calif., at their homes yesterday. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.

“It is not safe to hide behind your computer, breach corporate servers and line your own pockets by victimizing those who have a right to protected privacy on the internet,” said U.S. Attorney Walsh.  “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is keenly focused on prosecuting those people for their theft -- and for the wanton harm they do to innocent internet users.”       

"Knowingly conspired"

According to the indictment, beginning on July 12, 2012 and continuing through July 1, 2014, Bourret and Andrianakis knowingly conspired to commit computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud. 

Bourret and Andrianakis both face one count of conspiracy, which carries a penalty of not more than five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.  They also each face one count of computer fraud, aid and abet, which also carries a penalty of not more than five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.  Finally, they each face two counts of access device fraud, which carries a penalty of not more than ten years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, per count.

 


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