[Nfbmo] blind hacker

Jennifer Palmer jpalmer31 at kc.rr.com
Tue Feb 3 07:26:50 UTC 2009

I wrote a reply on  another list, but here is the short version some of us 
kids did the thing where we get the long distance codes and basically try to 
get free long distance out of the school well the school never changed the 
codes and the staff not that vidulant. so i bet its still probably happening 
now, but haven't heard what i am now wondering is why isn't cnn or someone 
running this so the kids out there trying this crap disabled or not can see 
an example of what there actions can lead too?
Jennifer Palmer
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> A legally blind Massachusetts phone hacker admitted this week to
> federal computer intrusion and witness intimidation charges that could
> put him away for as long as 13 years.
>>>> Matthew Weigman, 18, pleaded guilty to two felonies before U.S.
>>>> Magistrate
>>>> Judge Paul D. Stickney in Dallas on Tuesday. Known in the telephone
>>>> party-line scene as "Li'l Hacker," Weigman is widely considered one of
>>>> the
>>>> best phone hackers alive.
>>>> Relying on an ironclad memory and detailed knowledge of the phone
>>>> system,
>>>> the teenager is known for using social engineering to manipulate phone
>>>> company workers and others into divulging confidential information, and
>>>> into entering commands into computers and telephone switching equipment
>>>> on
>>>> his behalf. The FBI had been chasing Weigman since he was 15 years old,
>>>> at
>>>> times courting him as an informant. He was finally arrested last May,
>>>> less
>>>> than two months after celebrating his 18th birthday.
>>>> "I've been interested in phones since I've been about 8," Weigman said
>>>> in
>>>> a
>>>> 2007 interview with Wired.com. "I talked to technicians when they came
>>>> down
>>>> here to do things on my phone."
>>>> In his plea deal with prosecutors, Weigman, who was born blind, 
>>>> admitted
>>>> to
>>>> a long criminal resume. Among other things, he confessed to conspiring
>>>> with
>>>> other telephone hooligans who made hundreds of false calls to police
>>>> that
>>>> sent armed SWAT teams bursting into the homes of their party-line
>>>> enemies.
>>>> In a new revelation, Weigman also admitted eavesdropping on customer
>>>> service calls to Sprint, by dialing into a phone line used by Sprint
>>>> supervisors to monitor their employees. Weigman parked on the spy line
>>>> to
>>>> overhear customers giving out their credit card numbers, which he
>>>> memorized
>>>> and passed to accomplices. Weigman and his friends used the numbers to
>>>> purchase computers and other electronics.
>>>> The FBI began investigating Weigman after he staged a 2005 hostage hoax
>>>> that sent police to the Colorado home of Richard Gasper, a TSA screener
>>>> whose daughter refused phone sex with Weigman. When the FBI caught up
>>>> with
>>>> him more than a year later, cybercrime agent Allyn Lynd offered to make
>>>> him
>>>> a confidential informant, but called off the deal when AT&T discovered
>>>> that
>>>> Weigman was still manipulating the phone company.
>>>> Lynd later told a police detective that Weigman couldn't stop hacking
>>>> for
>>>> more than 72 hours.
>>>> Weigman's current troubles began in April, the month he reached
>>>> adulthood.
>>>> William Smith, a Verizon security investigator who'd been monitoring
>>>> Weigman's hacking and phoning in updates to the FBI, noticed that
>>>> Weigman
>>>> had used the name and identifying information of a Texas woman to turn
>>>> on
>>>> phone service at the East Boston apartment he shared with his mother 
>>>> and
>>>> siblings.
>>>> When Smith disconnected the fraudulent account, Weigman turned it back
>>>> on
>>>> again. Then Weigman began making harassing phone calls to Smith at his
>>>> house. To trick the security worker into picking up the phone, the
>>>> hacker
>>>> socially engineered phone company employees into sharing Smith's 
>>>> billing
>>>> records in near-real time, then used Caller ID spoofing to make Smith
>>>> think
>>>> someone was returning his own calls, according to court records.
>>>> "For example, Smith would call a travel agency to arrange for a 
>>>> flight,"
>>>> the FBI's Lynd wrote in an affidavit. "A few minutes later, he would
>>>> receive a phone call which appeared to be coming from the travel agency
>>>> that he had just booked a flight through. When Smith answered the 
>>>> phone,
>>>> Weigman would begin harassing him again."
>>>> Then on May 18, Weigman showed up at Smith's New Hampshire home with 
>>>> his
>>>> burly older brother. Smith felt intimidated and called the police, who
>>>> arrested the hacker.
>>>> Weigman is set for sentencing on April 24. Under the terms of his plea
>>>> agreement, he can withdraw his guilty plea if sentencing judge Barbara
>>>> M.
>>>> G. Lynn gives him more than 13 years in prison.
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