A 26-year-old man from Woodbury, Minnesota faces multiple white collar crime charges for allegedly hacking into other people’s Facebook accounts, posing as a friend of young women and then obtaining pictures and information of the young women to post on sex-related websites. The 26-year-old has been charged with thirteen counts of identity theft and the original complaint against the man stems from a 20-year-old woman who informed police someone had obtained her personal information over Facebook.
The 20-year–old woman told police she noticed someone had accessed her personal information after she had a series of instant message exchanges with someone who had posed as her friend. Though she was not logged onto Facebook during her instant message exchange, she was not able to log onto Facebook after the conversation because her password had been changed. The following day the 20-year-old was able to log onto Facebook again but noticed a link in a message from the person she thought was her friend.
The link within the message took the woman to a sexually explicit website where there were three pictures of her. Her first and last name and the city where she lived were also provided. The woman told police she mistakenly provided the information to the person she thought was her friend and when police questioned the woman’s friend, the friend had also experienced a similar series of events.
Both women had friended someone on Facebook named “Steve Mills.” Mills was the fake name of the 26-year-old man from Woodbury. The 26-year-old admitted to police that he went to Facebook pages, got email information and then convinced women to provide answers to security questions so he could access their websites.
Source: Star Tribune, “Hacked Facebook accounts, stolen photos,” Jim Anderson, 4/20/11