Steven Almeida, Alleged Hacker, Cut Off Power to Homes of Four 'Justice Officials' -- D.A.
At least if you ask the L.A. County D.A.'s office, which today announced he was facing 71 counts for alleged ID theft and "cyber attacks" that, among other things, cut off the power to the homes of four "justice officials," prosecutors said.
Now, sure, a lot of you are chuckling and thinking, I wish I would have thought of that. But consider:
Almeida, a 32-year-old from Sweden, could spend 97 years behind bars if convicted on all counts, the D.A.'s office says.
Not only did he allegedly target said unnamed justice officials, but prosecutors say he also focused his hacking skills on a Beverly Hills Pilates studio. They say he took over its phone lines and its website, ultimately "defacing" the latter.
As far as those justice officials go, the D.A.'s office alleges the computer genius from Torrance ...
... used the victims' personal identifying information to shut off the electricity at their homes, doing so successfully in some instances. Almeida also is alleged to have gained access to credit card accounts and hacked into the private e-mail account of at least one victim.
Yikes. Hell hath no fury like a justice official hacked.
Charges include ...
... identity theft, wiretapping, cutting a utility line, unauthorized disruption/denial of computer services, computer intrusion and grand theft.
Prosecutors say Almeida has a prior conviction for shooting into an inhabited dwelling in L.A. County in 2006, so apparently this suspect is a rare geek with street-crime sensibility. For that one he was sentenced to five years.
His arraignment was expected today. The District Attorney is recommending $2.3 million bail and, we would hope, no access to a phone line.