CYBERSPACE, 2005 (D.O.T.) - A Massachusetts teenager who reportedly hacked into Paris Hilton's cell phone has been sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile facility.
In February, celebrity phone numbers stored in Hilton's cell phone were posted online when her personal account was hacked. Recently, a newspaper report identified the hacker as a 17-year-old Massachusetts boy.
The boy is a juvenile under U.S. federal law, so prosecutors would not name him or confirm Hilton as a victim.
He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston. He pleaded guilty before Judge Rya W. Zobel to nine counts of juvenile delinquency. The charges included hacking into Internet and telephone service providers, theft of personal information and posting it on the web, and making bomb threats to high schools in Florida and Massachusetts - all crimes committed in a 15-month period.
While in custody, and during two years of supervised release, the teenager is prohibited from possessing or using any computer, cell phone or other equipment capable of accessing the Internet.
Prosecutors said the teenager's first crime was committed in March 2004, when he e-mailed a bomb threat to a Florida school. The school was closed for two days while officials investigated and ruled the threat a hoax.
In January 2005, the teenager hacked into T-Mobile's computer system and looked up account information of its customers, including Paris Hilton.
Numbers and e-mail addresses from her cell phone address book were posted online, and inside news sources confirmed their authenticity. They included numbers and addresses for rapper Eminem, actor Vin Diesel, actress Lindsay Lohan, and singers Christina Aguilera and Ashlee Simpson.
Hilton, the hotel chain heiress, stars on Fox's The Simple Life with her friend Nicole Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie.