Man jailed for hacking, child porn

2011-07-13 09:26
St Paul - A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for hacking into his neighbours' wireless network and framing them for distributing child pornography and e-mail threats against Vice President Joe Biden and other officials.

Barry Ardolf, of Blaine, Minnesota, received the sentence on Tuesday in federal court in St Paul.

In a plea agreement in December, the 46-year-old Ardolf admitted using the hacked network to send sexually explicit e-mails - including one containing child pornography - to his neighbour's co-workers.

He also sent threats to Biden and other public officials, signing them with the neighbour's name. He was indicted on the charges in June 2010.

Minnesota Public Radio reported Donald Oswald of the Minneapolis FBI released a statement saying Ardolf's apparent motive was "to ruin the victim's reputation and livelihood".

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