A Pennsylvanian bloke will spend two to four years behind bars for trying to hire a hacker on Craigslist to erase his court fines. Zachary Landis, 27, admitted to Lancaster County Court he tried to hire someone to illegally access court records and strike a $16,000 debt he owed for previous charges. That someone wasn’t a hacker – it was an undercover police detective. The would-be criminal mastermind posted an ad to classified site Craigslist seeking a cyber-genius who could break into the county court’s records system and wipe the balance of what he owed. According to ABC27 news, Landis used his personal email address and real phone number to make the post. Not exactly Danny Ocean, this one. The ad caught the attention of a detective who presented himself to Landis as a hacker. The two then corresponded about the planned network intrusion, during which Landis handed over the ID numbers of his previous convictions, and asked for a small portion of the debt to be erased as proof of the hacker’s skills before paying. Obviously, the police were able to trace the contact details and ID numbers back to Landis, and arrested him. On Wednesday last week, Landis […]
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