They say that all’s fair in love and war- but that doesn’t apply to hacking into email accounts. Two Arkansas men learned this lesson the hard way this week when they were charged by federal prosecutors for helping thousands of jealous and suspicious lovers hack into their partners’ email inboxes.
The alleged hackers, Mark Anthony Townsend and Joshua Alan Tabor, are reported to have created and managed a website called needapassword.com, where they offered their services to the romantically challenged. According the reports, the service was so successful that Mr Townsend and Mr Tabor managed to gain access to around 6,000 passwords, charging fees of up to $300 for the service. The pair allegedly used bogus targeted emails to attempt to persuade the recipients to impart their passwords and personal information.
As part of a crackdown on hacking attacks, the police will also be investigating the clients who paid for this service. Tabor and Townsend a charged with a felony violation which may result in up to five years of jail time, whilst their customers may face up to a year in federal prison each.