Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 15, 2009 -- Blind 19 years old telephone hacker, has been sentenced in Dallas, by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn. With little time off for good behavior and no parole in the federal system, Matthew Weigman could find himself imprisoned until 2018.
Weigman, known as 'Li'l Hacker', is believed to be one of the top phone hackers around. Gifted with an iron clad memory and an intimate knowledge of the telephone system, he used social engineering to coerce phone company workers and others into giving him private information. On behalf of Weigman, they entered commands into computer and telephone switching equipment
During an interview in 2007 Weigman said "I've been interested in phones since I've been about 8 years old".
Weigman did acknowledge he had a long criminal resume, which included collaborating with other telephone roughians, who made hundreds of false calls to police. Calls that made SWAT teams burst into homes of their party-line enemies.
Weigman's investigation by the FBI started after he formulated a scam in 2005, which sent police to the home of Richard Gasper in Colorado, when Gasper's daughter refused to have phone sex with Weigman. After the FBI caught up with Weigman a year later, they offered to make him the job of being a confidential informant, but cancelled the deal when they realized that Weigman was still manipulating the telephone company. Cyber-crime agent Allyn Lynd, told a police detective that Weigman felt compelled to hack, being unable to stop for any longer than 72 hours.
Weigman started harassing a security investigator who was monitoring his actions. On May 18th Weigman arrived at Smith's home, with his bulky older brother and Sean Paul Benton, a party-line friend. Smith called the police, who arrested Weigman, after Smith felt intimated.
Across the other side of the world, 'The News of The World', a British Tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, is facing investigations for reportedly hacking into the mobile phones of around 3000 public figures.
It is believed the tabloid has handed out over 1 million pounds in out-of-court settlements to three of the people the tabloids had targeted. The royalty editor, Clive Goodman, was sent to prison for four months in 2007, for hacking into royal official's voicemail systems.
Glenn Mulcaire, Goodman's accomplice and private investigator, was goaled for six months, for hacking into messages, including some from Prince William and Harry. It is an offense in most countries to disclose, or collect personal information without consent.
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