Feeds

Teen hack suspects charged over MySpace extortion bid

All your space belongs to us

Intelligent flash storage arrays

In brief Two New York State teenagers have been charged with computer hacking and attempted extortion following allegations they attempted to mount an internet shake-down targeting MySpace.com, the social networking website.

Shaun Harrison, 18, and Saverio Mondelli, 19, allegedly hacked into the site to steal the personal information of MySpace users before threatening to share the secrets of how they broke into the site unless MySpace.com paid them $150,000.

Harrison and Mondelli thought they were in line for a big payday last Friday. Instead, they were arrested in Los Angeles by undercover detectives, posing as MySpace staff, the AP reports.

The duo now faces up to four years imprisonment if convicted. The pair were released on bail of $35,000 on Tuesday pending a preliminary hearing on the case, scheduled for 5 June. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
BlackEnergy crimeware coursing through US control systems
US CERT says three flavours of control kit are under attack
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.