Miley Cyrus hacker let off with probation
TrainReq spared after ratting out former hacking cohorts
Josh Holly, the self-confessed Miley Cyrus hacker, has avoided jail for unrelated computer crimes, receiving three years' probation at a sentencing hearing on Monday.
Holly, 22, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, pleaded guilty last April to possessing about 200 stolen credit card numbers as well as running a celebrity MySpace pages spam scam that earned him an estimated $100,000. Holly was spared jail time because he'd agreed to inform on his former hacking cohorts to the FBI. Defence arguments that he was a "first-time offender of immature mental age," may also have counted in his favour.
We doubt the bizarre defence contention that Holly's diminutive height made him unsuitable for the Big House cut any ice with the judge. Holly stands at 5 feet 6 inches, 1.68m, or the same height as celebrated oil-rig firefighter Paul "Red" Adair.
Holly (AKA TrainReq) boasted in 2008 that he had cracked the Gmail account of Miley Cyrus and stole provocative pictures of the then 15-year-old before posting them online. The Hannah Montana star supposedly sent the sexually suggestive pics – which featured the teen in a wet T-shirt – to singer Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers before Holly raided them from the compromised account. He was never charged with this particular crime but was instead arrested and charged over unrelated cyberscams, following an FBI raid on his flat in October 2008.
Wired has more details on Holly's various misdeeds, alongside a copy of his mugshot, in a story on his sentencing here. ®
Got off lightly?
he read miley cyrus' emails
shurely he's suffered enough?
Just a thought...
If she was indeed 15 when she took the photo and sent it to another individual - wouldn't that make her technically guilty of
1) producing child porn
2) distributing child porn
like the various sexting cases which have been reported and prosecuted in the past?
If so, it's interesting there seems to have been no moves to charge her unlike less "celebrity" youngsters
Three years probation might not seem a lot, but it sounds like the guy is itching to re-offend. Couldn't even keep off the internet while he was waiting to be sentenced.
So this time they got information to lock his mates up, next time they will lock him up.