A Rochester man accused of hacking quite a few password-protected laptop accounts of many ladies and possessing 450 unauthorized laptop information, is dealing with felony prices.
Justin Potts, 36, was charged with unauthorized entry of a protected laptop, based on the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace. Authorities allege that he focused greater than 150 victims via the scheme.
Rochester police in March 2017 alerted the FBI’S Cyber Activity Drive about Potts, who was beforehand arrested and accused of utilizing his cellphone to take images of lady undressing at a number of native tanning salons.
In accordance with Assistant U.S. Legal professional Melissa Marangola, who’s prosecuting the case, Potts allegedly performed a “multi-year, multi-state, marketing campaign to entry the net accounts primarily related to younger girls.”
Following a prolonged investigation, brokers decided that laptop storage units owned by Potts held about 450 laptop information that contained indications that he had gained unauthorized entry into many ladies’s password-protected accounts.
It appeared that Potts focused college and private e mail accounts, Fb accounts, Apple iCloud and on-line password managers, based on a information launch from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.
After authorities executed a search warrant at his dwelling, an FBI agent was in a position to determine a number of pictures saved in a file on one of many onerous drives seized from the house. The saved filed was named after the sufferer, court docket paperwork allege.
Potts allegedly accessed the sufferer’s iCloud account on June 5, 2016, and he was in a position to safe her Fb login and password, the legal grievance said.
Authorities allege he adopted this identical path for lots of the victims.
“All accounts that Potts accessed required a password, a passcode or another safety function that was meant to stop folks aside from the proprietor/person from coming into the account,” based on the legal grievance.
Many information on one onerous drive contained nude and revealing pictures of among the girls whose accounts he allegedly hacked. Investigators additionally discovered nude pictures of celebrities. believed to be downloaded from file sharing websites, based on a information launch.
“Primarily based upon my coaching and expertise, mixed with a evaluation of the folders, (the FBI agent) believes that Potts was conducting a broad effort to gather revealing pictures of younger females,” FBI particular agent Todd McCormack wrote in an affidavit.
McCormack later wrote, “”The search of those onerous drives (seized from Potts’s dwelling) confirmed that they contained private info, pictures and on-line account info of quite a few girls who seemingly didn’t know Potts had entered their on-line accounts.”
Most of the victims have been mates of individuals he knew, authorities stated. One of many victims, a 24-year-old lady, was a pal of Potts’s former girlfriend on the State College School at Geneseo.
When she was interviewed by police, the sufferer stated she didn’t know Potts and had by no means given him entry to any of her accounts. McCormack outlined interviews with 5 completely different victims in his affidavit.
Potts was arraigned in federal court docket by Choose Marian W. Payson on Thursday.
If convicted, the cost carries a most penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 high-quality.