Paris Hilton Phone Hacker Sentenced
The 17-year-old boy from Massachusetts (not named because of his age) was sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile facility last week after pleading guilty to nine counts of juvenile delinquency, the Associated Press reports.
The teen scammed his way online into Hilton's account and then posted her celebrity friends' phone numbers on the Internet, the Washington Post reported. In addition to charges of hacking and theft of personal information, the boy was charged with making bomb threats to schools in Massachusetts and Florida.
The posting of celebrity phone numbers on the Web set off a flurry of crank calls that came pouring in to stars including Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Gotti, and others.
The annoying calls became too much for some people. During MTV's TRL Awards, rap star Lil' John pleaded with fans to just hang up while accepting the "Roc the Mic" Award. "Stop calling on my cell phone! I know y'all got the number off the Internet through Paris (Hilton). Stop calling me," he said. Cameron Diaz later admitted on Oprah that she, too, had to change her number.
The teen also reportedly launched a 15-month crime spree that began in March 2004 with a bomb threat that was e-mailed to a Florida school. The school was closed for two days during the investigation.
As part of his sentencing, the teen cannot own or use any computer, cell phone, or other device through which he can access the Internet during his sentence, or for two years of supervised release thereafter.