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    In The News: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison
    By WIRED | Published 2 days ago
    A Minnesota hacker prosecutors described as a “depraved criminal” was handed an 18-year prison term Tuesday for unleashing a vendetta of cyberterror that turned his neighbor’s lives into a living nightmare.

    Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors’ WiFi network in 2009, and used it to try and frame them for child pornography, ****** harassment, various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden.

    His motive was to get back at his new neighbors after they told the police he’d kissed their 4-year-old son on the lips.

    “Barry Ardolf has demonstrated by his conduct that he is a dangerous man. When he became angry at his neighbors, he vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them,” (PDF) prosecutor Timothy Rank said in a court filing. “And he did not wage this campaign in the light of day, but rather used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.

    “Over months and months, he inflicted unfathomable psychic damage, making the victims feel vulnerable in their own home, while avoiding detection.”

    Ardolf’s attorney, Kevin O’Brien, said in a telephone interview that “it was a lengthy sentence for a first time offender.”

    Ardolf had no criminal record, but an investigation revealed that he’d also hijacked the WiFi of other neighbors, and terrorized them as well. A father of two, Ardolf had turned down a two-year plea agreement last year to charges related to the Biden e-mail. After that, the authorities piled on more charges, including identity theft and two kiddie-porn accusations carrying lifetime ***-offender registration requirements. He pleaded guilty to them all last year.

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    All I can say is "WOW" about some people these days. They go way to far.

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    I agree, couldn't believe what I was reading and how far he went and just how malicious that guy was.

    18 years in prison should teach him a solid lesson.



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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Wow,
    I'm running a bg check on all my neighbors from now on lol

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Hi,

    Just thinking... this is nothing new but like I use to say, a keylogger on a PC can be a real nightmare too.

    What a lot of ppl don't realize is that kind of software is not always a malware coming from the net. Sometimes it can be as simple as someone around who wants to spy you and / or get your personal infos.

    ...and no it's not the kind of situation happening only to other ppl or in movies.


    In a certain way big brother is not so far... I'm working hard to promote security because in the 21th century, it's not so complicated for experimented hackers and ppl with bad intention to fool anyone.

    The classic example is when someone use his real name in an email address. If they have your real name and they have your IP, it's easy to find out the area where you live. If they have too many info about you, with the 411 reverse search they can find where you live if your name is on the list.

    If your email is something like: "georgescooper@hotmail.com", a message beginning by "Dear Goerges" or "My Dear Georges" don't means you can trust the email because it's coming from a friend.

    Another frustrating example: If it's written in an email to catch you "... your sister told me you're a good / honest person that's why I'm contacting you..." also means absolutely nothing. It's just a freaking guess!!


    It's so weird sometimes. One of my actual boss is in bad term now with her old mother and hadn't speak with her for more than 6 months. The reason is because when her mother received that kind of email she thought it was real. When her daughter tried to convince her it was no more than phishing she was mad at her saying you're just jealous because I have attention and I'll made easy $. She refused to listen her and the poor lady kept ommunicate with the hacker. It's so sad to see how many ppl from the third age were fooled over the last years. Real life is not a fairy tale.


    Last thing ... when you receive a curious empty message it's generally only a test to know if your email exist. If not they simply receive a "Delivery status notification (failure)". It's the way they build list with auto sending message software.


    Take care folks!







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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    I myself have more than 18 connections around my house right now that are not secured and I could connect to them at any time, people are just not knowledgeable enough to know what the consequences are.
    There are many ways to secure your network from morons like this, most people do not possess the skills or knowledge to do it, and so most Wi-Fi connections are insecure anyway.

    The industry has come a long way since the 32 and 64 bit encryption days, most newer routers do not even come with a WEP option and most are now using WPA2,WPA3 and now WPAS as a standard.
    Most programs signatures like CommView for Wi-Fi, aircrack-ng and others that are used for cracking Wi-Fi connections have been added to the security options on the newer hardware hens stopping any attacks or packet bomb.

    There are many programs that detect if someone is accessing or trying to access your Wi-Fi, One program that I use is a little program called “Bopup Scanner” made by B-Labs Software.
    It is a free program that scans your network for unidentified IP’s and any traffic with in your network, so if someone is sending packets to your network to try and gain access via packet bombs you will see their IP address.
    http://www.bopup.com/downloads/

    One important thing is to hide your “SSID” the newest hardware allows you to not even broadcast your Wi-Fi and has a scrambler built within it to prevent seeking programs from even finding your router, hens if it is not seen then it is not a target.
    The most obvious way to stop any activity from outside of your network is to set MAC addresses plain and simple if a mac address is not listed then it will not allow any access from any source other than the mac addresses you have assigned.

    By looking at the whole story looks like this guy has advanced computer skills, it is a shame he did not use them to further his life and make a million now he will be paying for this for a very long time..

    One last thing is GreeneBean I totally understand your thoughts on "keyloggers" most are features that are widely used by malware, spyware and or Hijackers they can easy be stopped and identified and removed by just changing the date on your computer ahead about 7 days then rebooting it, it will uninstall any "keylogges" that might be present on your system.
    Then they can be removed by simply changing the date back rebooting again and running your security software like Spydoctor, Malwarebytes or your antivirus program.
    Another way to check and see if you have any "keyloggers" running on your system is to set the date back let say 3 months for example, this will cause an error in the "keylogger" hens identifying itself.

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Notice though that he was punished for what he did hack-wise, entering an unsecured or (open) connection is not illegal in any state in the U.S. It only becomes a crime if the connection is secured and itself requires a password for access.
    all those open or unsecured connections are asking for trouble.
    Ranging from Data theft to Botnet attatcks and even just a simple bandwidth leeching piggy-backer.
    My Wi-Fi connection is 100% unattainable due to one simple step, I don't and will not use a router I connect to the net directly through my "Power Injector".
    Weather you password it or not, if you use a router your connection is broadcast. remove the router you remove the broadcast. Even disabling the broadcast of your SSID does not make that connection "invisiable".
    Your ISP just needs to give IPV.4 info. for a direct connect and at that point the router is needed no more.
    The only thing a router is good for anyway is for allowing secondary devices such as T.V., Ipods, Laptops ect. to connect through your connection.

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Notice though that he was punished for what he did hack-wise, entering an unsecured or (open) connection is not illegal in any state in the U.S. It only becomes a crime if the connection is secured and itself requires a password for access.
    all those open or unsecured connections are asking for trouble.
    Ranging from Data theft to Botnet attatcks and even just a simple bandwidth leeching piggy-backer.
    My Wi-Fi connection is 100% unattainable due to one simple step, I don't and will not use a router I connect to the net directly through my "Power Injector".
    Weather you password it or not, if you use a router your connection is broadcast. remove the router you remove the broadcast. Even disabling the broadcast of your SSID does not make that connection "invisiable".
    Your ISP just needs to give IPV.4 info. for a direct connect and at that point the router is needed no more.
    The only thing a router is good for anyway is for allowing secondary devices such as T.V., Ipods, Laptops ect. to connect through your connection.

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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBean
    I agree, couldn't believe what I was reading and how far he went and just how malicious that guy was.

    18 years in prison should teach him a solid lesson.
    I agree Greenbean.



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    Re: WiFi-hacking neighbor from hell gets 18 years in prison

    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBean
    I agree, couldn't believe what I was reading and how far he went and just how malicious that guy was.

    18 years in prison should teach him a solid lesson.
    I agree Greenbean.



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