A 24-year-old man from Florida was arrested on charges of breaking into women’s web mail accounts to access explicit photos to post online, a report said.
According to police, the man, Joseph Campbell, a temporary computer worker with a big local organization used phishing to access the mail accounts of women he knew since high-school. He would get the email addresses from the victim’s Facebook accounts and then send them fake electronic greeting cards which would need the victim to log in.
Once the login id and password was acquired, Campbell would then search the victim’s mailbox for photographs. The police said the culprit was planning to set up a website to post the acquired pictures.
The man told police that he had hacked nearly 500 accounts, most of which belonged to women who were in their early 20s.
Campbell is facing four felony computer crime charges, but could also face federal charges as some of the victims were from other parts of the US. The 24-year-old was released on bail on Friday but is expected to be formally charged in the coming weeks, the PCWorld website reported.