Colorado Springs man accused of breaching popular photo hosting website

COLORADO – Two men are facing charges after officials say they breached a popular image, video hosting website.

Brandon Bourret, 39, of Colorado Springs and Athanasios Andrianakis, 26, of Sunnyvale, Calif., are facing charges after they allegedly breached the computer services of Colorado based Photobucket, a company that operates an image and video hosting website.

On Friday, authorities arrested Bourret and Andrianakis without incident at their homes.

According to officials, in 2012, Bourret and Andrianakis knowingly conspired to commit acts and offenses against the United States, namely computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud.

The purpose of the conspiracy was for the conspirators to enrich themselves by selling passwords and unauthorized access to private and password protected information, images, and videos on the Internet, according to officials.

Bourret and Andrianakis developed, marketed and sold a software application called Photofucket, which allowed viewers to circumvent the privacy settings of the image and video hosting website at Photobucket.com and to access and copy users private and password protected information.

Bourret and Andrianakis both face one count of conspiracy, which carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine. They each face one count of computer fraud, aid and abet, which also carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.  Finally, the each face two counts of access device fraud, which carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, per count.

 

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