Feeds

Woman charged with stealing nude pics of baseball star

...from Playboy Bunny's email account

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

A Minnesota woman has been charged with stealing racy photos of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore from the email account of his Playboy bunny girlfriend.

The 15-photo set, which Sizemore shot himself with his cellphone, were posted to the internet about a year ago, although most have since been removed, following take-down demands. In some, the baseball star is clothed, while others show him au naturel, mostly as he stands in front of a bathroom mirror. One of the pics shows him holding a Playboy picture of his girlfriend Brittany Binger, who was the magazine's playmate of the month in June 2007.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports that 19-year-old Leah M. Ayers has been charged with two counts of unauthorized computer access in connection with the theft. The paper cited court documents that said her laptop was used to view Binger's Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace accounts and that personal information from those sites may have bee used to change Binger's password and access her account in August 2009.

Binger complained to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which served search warrants on Yahoo to trace the email hacker's IP address to Ayer's parents, who live in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley.

It's the latest episode to demonstrate the insecurity of password-reset features offered by Yahoo, and so many other online services, which allow users to reset passwords based on the answers to questions such as what high school did you attend? That folly is only compounded by clueless users who make hackers' jobs easier by posting the answers to Facebook and other social networks.

The technique was used by Sarah Palin email hacker David Kernell, who on Friday was sentenced to 366 days in custody. It was also used by several accused and convicted “sextortionists” who used password-reset features to steal racy photos of girls and woman.

Yahoo's password reset feature now defaults to sending a temporary password to a user's cell phone. That may or may not be a more secure alternative, depending on how many people get hold of a user's cellphone on a regular basis.

Ayers is summoned to appear in court on November 29. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw
Have you been on YouPorn lately, perhaps? White House website?
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Unmasking hidden users is too hot for Carnegie-Mellon
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.