MySpace hackers avoid extortion rap

Blackmail charges have been dropped against a pair of hackers accused of mounting an extortion scam against MySpace as part of a plea-bargaining agreement. Shaun Harrison, 19, and Saverio Mondelli, 20, of Suffolk County, New York, pleaded guilty to developing code that tracked MySpace users in exchange for an agreement by prosecution lawyers to drop charges that they attempted to extort $150,000 from MySpace.

An illegal access charge was also withdrawn as part of an agreement that saw the duo agree to three years' probation instead of facing charges punishable by up to four years' imprisonment. Harrison and Mondelli also agreed to pay $13,500 in damages to MySpace and to serve 160 hours of community service as part of the agreement, AP reports. The duo further agreed to limits on their use of the internet, such as restricting themselves to one email address each, in order to avoid possible imprisonment.

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honestly though... he was trying to secure a job not bribe them... they lied to him all the way... had they have just been upfront and said no he probaly would have just left it alone and launched the service on his own or went a different route

shaun harrison is the creator of the popular iden ExtWallpaper app found at www.motospeak.com its crazy cause i sorta knew him

yeah... i know him... i run speak with him..

they never tried extorting myspace... they were set up. being told that they were being offered jobs to work at myspace... when they got to LA they were duped with Secret Service.

nemo said,
yeah... i know him... i run speak with him..

they never tried extorting myspace... they were set up. being told that they were being offered jobs to work at myspace... when they got to LA they were duped with Secret Service.


Yea, like i believe that one :P

i dont use myspace myself as it's a bloated site, especially once all these people who make there sites load it down with mp3's and all other kinds of bandwidth hoggin content.... plus a high percentage of the myspace sites are poorly made and look like crap to.

i think alot of the reason people use it is cause it's a easy means to communicate to each other over a website with pictures etc and the way it works.

my sister uses that crap but i dont... (she's 25, im 27)

i dont use myspace myself as it's a bloated site, especially once all these people who make there sites load it down with mp3's and all other kinds of bandwidth hoggin content.... plus a high percentage of the myspace sites are poorly made and look like crap to.
I just use it for bands but when I'm on it, I use a greasemonkey script that disables all custom crap and makes it a lot better to use.

these guys are just beggin to be made an example of.

i mean how dumb can you get... they tried to extort 150k from myspace... there GOING to get caught.... there lucky these charges have been droped as far as the extortion is concerned.

but anyways we say WAY TO MANY of people like this getting caught with making viruses etc.... are they dumb? ... cause to me the prison alone makes it not worth doing... i would take a fine anyday no matter how much the fine is over even a month of prison.

They didn't create any crack, they just put some advice in a hacker forums saying: "i paid for a myspace hack". Russian also korean, germany and polish hackers are seasoned for this kind of request. Of course this kind of hacker-for-hire like any good hacker are untraceable by basis (they use e-gold for their transactions).

Magallanes said,
They didn't create any crack, they just put some advice in a hacker forums saying: "i paid for a myspace hack". Russian also korean, germany and polish hackers are seasoned for this kind of request. Of course this kind of hacker-for-hire like any good hacker are untraceable by basis (they use e-gold for their transactions).

ok i understand now it aint as bad as i thought i guess.... but still what i was saying does tend to apply to alot of people (maybe not these guys) who get busted for making virues etc.

so basically they bought a hack from a "high up hacker" and used it etc and where dumb and got busted... right? ... i think they mainly got busted due to them flying to CA to get the 150k.... then they where in deep s*it then.

MySpace blocked early versions of the traffic monitoring software, which was offered for sale on the web at $30 a pop, but the pair claimed to have developed an unbreakable version which they allegedly threatened to release unless MySpace paid them "consultancy fees".
Would they bother paying without seeing proof first? I'm sure there would've been some way to block it. Anyway, not sure if these consequences are hard enough to replace extortion charges. They're quite lucky, I'd think