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Alleged Member of Hacktivist Collective, Anonymous, Faces A Prison Sentence of 440 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators announced a total of 44 charge against a suspected member of the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, Texas, could be sentenced up to 444 years in prison for conspiring with the collective to hack computer systems of a county government, a school district and a newspaper in Texas, RT.com reports.

For awhile, it looked like Salinas would only face a single charge, but subsequent charges continue to be filed.

Salinas is also accused of cyber-stalking a female victim at least 18 times in December 2011.

“According to the allegations, between Dec. 23-29, 2011, Salinas had the intent to harass and intimidate a female victim. Allegedly, he repeatedly e-mailed her, attempted to gain unauthorized access to her website, made submissions through a contact form on that site and tried to open user accounts without her consent,” the FBI said in Tuesday’s statement.

“The indictment lists his alleged attempts to stalk her and hack into her website. According to the indictment, he repeatedly did so late at night and early in the morning, with his stalking attempts or messages sometimes occurring less than one minute apart from each other. He allegedly did so as part of a conspiracy or agreement with at least one other person, according to the charges.”

Woman Whose Angry Emails Led to CIA Director Petraeus’ Resignation Won’t Be Charged

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with then-CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, won’t be charged with cyberstalking, NBC News reports.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has decided not to pursue a federal case regarding the alleged acts of ‘cyber-stalking’ involving Paula Broadwell,” a spokesman for the office said Tuesday in a written statement.

Broadwell, the 37-year-old who wrote a biography about Petraeus, is accused of sending harassing emails to women who were close to Petraeus.

The decision not to prosecute was made “after applying relevant case law to the particular facts of this case,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office statement said.

“The decision on whether to bring a prosecution is always a serious matter, and one that should never be undertaken without the most thoughtful deliberation. As federal prosecutors, we are guided in the discharge of our responsibilities by considerations of fairness and justice. The prosecution of a case is undertaken only after the most careful review and analysis of the evidence and applicable law,” the statement said.