Bahamian computer hacker sentenced for trying to sell stolen movie scripts, videos

A Bahamian computer hacker who targeted Hollywood celebrities and then bragged about his exploits while awaiting sentencing was ordered this week to spend five years in U.S. federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described Alonzo Knowles at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing in Manhattan as having committed “deeply troubling” crimes accomplished by using his intellect for “dark and lawless ends,” The New York Times reported.
Knowles, 24, was arrested in December 2015 after he flew to New York City in order to sell more than a dozen stolen movie and television scripts to an undercover law enforcement agent posing as a potential buyer.
When he pleaded guilty six months later to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft, he admitted breaching the internet accounts of various unnamed entertainment, sports and media personalities and stealing those scripts as well as some of his victim’s intimate photographs and videos.
“What I did was wrong,” Knowles acknowledged at Tuesday’s hearing, the AP reported. “I could have ruined people’s lives.”
Knowles gained unwanted attention from prosecutors while behind bars by using a prison-monitored email service to boast about his crimes and plot ways to profit from them upon his release.


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