Feeds

Cuckold computer tech faces ID theft charges over Gmail 'hack'

Soap opera

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

A husband accused of hacking into his wife's webmail account in order to discover evidence of an affair has been charged with identity theft.

Leon Walker, 33, from Rochester Hills, Michigan, suspected his wife Clara was having an affair with her former husband. Consumed with jealousy after his wife failed to return home one night, Leon broke into the Gmail account of his spouse from a shared family computer to uncover a series of emails confirming his wife's betrayal, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Three-times married Clara had a son by her first husband and left her second spouse after he was arrested for beating her in front of the child. Leon Walker handed over the emails to Clara's first husband who used them as part of a custody battle for his son.

This unnamed man was obliged to disclose how he obtained this emails, provoking a counter-lawsuit by Clara over privacy violation and a divorce petition against Leon Walker, a computer technician by trade. Clara and Walker had a daughter together a year ago, a factor that further complicates an already fraught family situation.

Walker was initially arrested and questioned for offences against Michigan's anti-hacking laws before prosecutors decided to charge him with using his wife's password to log into the computer, a form of alleged identity theft. Walker denies the charges.

The outcome of the case (scheduled for trial in February) is destined to be carefully watched by the US's sizeable posse of divorce lawyers. Hi-tech evidence from text messages and social network sites often plays a part in such proceedings just as written letters used to play a significant role in the past. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.