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    It's been said "good fences make for good neighbors." Now good firewalls make for better neighbors. Barry Ardolf, 45, of Minneapolis has been accused of using his neighbor's Wi-Fi network to send threatening emails to vice president Joseph Biden. The NewNewInternet reports if that weren't enough, Ardolf also sent child pornography to his neighbor's coworkers using a fake email account he set up in his neighbor's name. Ardolf has turned down a plea deal and now faces a minimum of seven years in federal prison on charges of aggravated identity theft and making threats to the life of the President of the United States and his successors.

    http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=15&sid=1983642

    Follow up of:

    Hacker Threatens Biden, Frames Neighbor

    This was written by Michael Cheek on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 9:56.

    A hacker tried to frame his neighbor by using his neighbor’s Wi-Fi and sending threatening messages to Vice President Joe Biden, according to recently unsealed search warrant affidavits.

    Barry Ardolf, 45, is accused of using his neighbor’s computer to send the threatening message to the Vice President. Ardolf has a history of disagreements with neighbors in the various places he has lived.

    According to the affidavits filed by FBI Special Agent Robert Cameron, Ardolf was already using his technical skills to harass his neighbors. Not only did he send threatening messages to the Vice President, Ardolf also sent child pornography to his neighbor’s colleagues under a fake email account he set up without his neighbor’s knowledge.

    Ardolf also set up a fake MySpace account and is also alleged to have stolen personal information.

    His threatening message to Biden read: “This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don’t have … I’m assigning myself to be judge, jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don’t have, it’s time to pay the ultimate price.”

    Ardolf was charged with one count of threats to the president and successors to the presidency and one count of aggravated identity theft. The FBI was able to trace the threats through Ardolf’s tap into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi.

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    Re: Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest

    Originally posted by astcell View Post
    It's been said "good fences make for good neighbors." Now good firewalls make for better neighbors. Barry Ardolf, 45, of Minneapolis has been accused of using his neighbor's Wi-Fi network to send threatening emails to vice president Joseph Biden. The NewNewInternet reports if that weren't enough, Ardolf also sent child pornography to his neighbor's coworkers using a fake email account he set up in his neighbor's name. Ardolf has turned down a plea deal and now faces a minimum of seven years in federal prison on charges of aggravated identity theft and making threats to the life of the President of the United States and his successors.

    http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=15&sid=1983642

    Follow up of:

    Hacker Threatens Biden, Frames Neighbor

    This was written by Michael Cheek on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 9:56.

    A hacker tried to frame his neighbor by using his neighbor’s Wi-Fi and sending threatening messages to Vice President Joe Biden, according to recently unsealed search warrant affidavits.

    Barry Ardolf, 45, is accused of using his neighbor’s computer to send the threatening message to the Vice President. Ardolf has a history of disagreements with neighbors in the various places he has lived.

    According to the affidavits filed by FBI Special Agent Robert Cameron, Ardolf was already using his technical skills to harass his neighbors. Not only did he send threatening messages to the Vice President, Ardolf also sent child pornography to his neighbor’s colleagues under a fake email account he set up without his neighbor’s knowledge.

    Ardolf also set up a fake MySpace account and is also alleged to have stolen personal information.

    His threatening message to Biden read: “This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don’t have … I’m assigning myself to be judge, jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don’t have, it’s time to pay the ultimate price.”

    Ardolf was charged with one count of threats to the president and successors to the presidency and one count of aggravated identity theft. The FBI was able to trace the threats through Ardolf’s tap into his neighbor’s Wi-Fi.

    That's not a "hacker" that is just an idiot with a computer taking advantage of people even more stupid than he is.
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    • #3
      Re: Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest

      i would utterly love to know how the investigation unfolded. what the secret service response was, how the confronted the neighbor, how quickly they realized things didn't add up, etc.

      (perhaps the framed neighbor was fortunate enough to have not been home at some of the times that emails were allegedly sent from his IP)
      "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
      - Trent Reznor

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      • #4
        Re: Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest

        I am just happy that the neighbor wasn't injured or worse. I am also curious as to how long it took them to determine that it wasn't the neighbor sending the threats.

        Hay hay, i seem to recall an open wifi connection discussion recently..
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        Do I wish we could all be like hexjunkie? Heck yes I do. :) That would rock.

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        • #5
          Re: Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest

          Follow-up to this story:

          U.S. attorney: Blaine hacker targeted neighbor (Dec 16, opening by prosecution)

          Angry neighbor, now guilty hacker (Dec 17, verdict)

          Originally posted by url2
          But the beginning of the end came May 6, 2009, when Ardolf, posing as the Kostolniks, sent an e-mail threatening the lives of Biden, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and other elected officials.

          The message was traced to Ardolf. When federal agents searched his home and seized his computers, they found the e-mails, the fake yahoo.com e-mail accounts he'd set up in Kostolnik's name, images of child porn and the threats to Biden and other officials.

          A Secret Service agent testified at a July hearing that as he sat with Ardolf at his kitchen table, he asked him why he would threaten the vice president.

          "He said, 'Maybe I was mad at my neighbor,' " the agent testified.
          Last edited by TheCotMan; December 18, 2010, 07:14.

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