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Matt Weigman has joined the ranks of famous hackers to fall into the hands of law enforcement and serve hard time. Legally blind, Mr. Weigman carried out a long campaign of phone attacks from age 14 to 19 that earned him 11 years in prison.  (Source: Wired)
Blind phone hacker's reign comes to a close

On June 12, 2006, SWAT police stormed a house in Alvarado, Texas.  They had received a call from what appeared to be the phone number, from an individual who reported that he was holding hostages and had killed family members with an AK47 while high on hallucinogenic drugs.  The operation, which likely cost the state tens of thousands of dollars, came up empty handed -- there were no hostages and no gunman -- merely scared and confused victims.  Miles away, Guadalupe Martinez, a "swatter" -- a phone hacker that spoofs the 911 system with malicious calls -- was laughing.

Many regard phone hacking as a dead pastime, believing it vanished in the 1980s.  However, it is alive and well in some parts of the country, with a younger generation of phone hacker's (known as "phreakers") wreaking havoc.  The latest case is that of a 19-year-old blind phone hacker in the Boston area who went on a similar spree of phone crimes and harassment, which earned him 11 years in prison.

Matthew Weigman, also known as "Li'l Hacker", is legally blind, but that didn't stop him from joining up with a crew of phone hackers and placing hundreds of harassing calls via the 911 system and other phone systems.  The crimes began when Mr. Weigman was only 14, and continued until this year.

Targeting "employers, landlords, families and friends of multiple party line participants" with zeal, Mr. Weigman showed his victims little mercy.  He and his friends would cut phone lines, snoop on conversations, and send police to his enemies' houses in a concerted attempt to get them fired or evicted. 

He and his friends used a variety of classic phone-hacking schemes.  Among them was "pretexting" calls -- calls to phone company workers where the group would pose as employees or customers in an effort to gain useful information.  Mr. Weigman's phreaker friends would also use war-dialing -- auto-dialing thousands of numbers to try to gain access to the phone system.  They would then meet up and trade passwords and intelligence.

Police first caught wind of Mr. Weigman in 2005 when he called officers to the home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener, whose daughter Mr. Weigman knew personally.  Mr. Gasper's daughter had refused to participate in phone sex with Mr. Weigman, so he responded with the malicious hoax.

In May 2008 Weigman, his brother and another swatter named Sean Benton, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, drove 70 miles to the house of a Verizon Wireless employee who was investigating the incidents.  They tried to "intimidate and frighten him".  Believing he was above the law, Mr. Weigman saw his unsavory dreams come crashing down; in this case the police showed up and he was arrested.

After a lengthy review and trial, three of his friends -- Stuart Rosoff, Jason Trowbridge and Chad Ward -- earned sentences of five years each.  Guadalupe Martinez, the aforementioned friend of the group, received 30 months.  Another phreaker, Carlton Nalley pled guilty, but failed to show up for sentencing.  And Mr. Weigman, the audacious 19-year-old blind phone hacker, earned the longest sentence of them all -- 11 years (135 months).  The sentence is one of the longest to date and brings to an end this crime saga, serving as a warning to other would-be phone hackers of the risk they are taking.



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FBI WATCH
By msfreeh on 6/30/2009 9:39:45 AM , Rating: -1
to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see
http://www.forums.signonsandiego.com/showthread.ph...

to view a partial list of FBI agents arrested for pedophilia see
http://www.dallasnews.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3...




RE: FBI WATCH
By NARC4457 on 6/30/2009 9:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
And this is related to the article, how?


RE: FBI WATCH
By MrPoletski on 6/30/2009 11:46:41 AM , Rating: 2
The article mentions phreaks...


RE: FBI WATCH
By invidious on 6/30/2009 12:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps he believes that because the law enforcement is made up of imperfect humans, that gives anyone free reign to disregard the law and prey on the innocent. Such a person would see this article and its implications as an attack on that belief and they would try to justify themself.

Or maybe they just like to post random links as they troll our forum.


RE: FBI WATCH
By rippleyaliens on 6/30/2009 6:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
Getting Raped in prison doesnt happen as much as ya think.. BUT this guy sounds like either a fat guy, or some skinny terd. HE will be someones BIATCH.. He will be raped, or worse, depending on his SMILE, GET IT>>... IF he goes to a medium security prison, and with that sentence he prob will.. HE will have a very RUDE awakening comming. If he is black, then he best get with the black gangs, whites- white gangs, hispanic, etc.... Either way, for making stupid phone calls, he is in a world of hurt. He is definetly gonna get beat up, BADLY.. (Fresh Fish)... Prob raped.. AND if he ops for protected housing, then he has 11 years, of being in a cell 23hrs a day, solo.. Horrible food.. Yah he can watch TV, but that is about it. No movies, it will be 11 years till he can shower solo... Sounds like a nerdly guy, so, he is indeed a walking target..

Even Charles Manson got beat up, and almost killed in prison, even in the protected wing.. This guy is in for a world of hurt...


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