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[ISN] Alleged Miley Cyrus hacker arrested

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 06 2011 - 11:26:58 GMT

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
January 05, 2011

The 21-year-old hacker who boasted about breaking into Miley Cyrus'
Gmail account and posting racy photographs of the teenage star has been
arrested in Tennessee on fraud charges.

The arrest comes more than two years after U.S. Federal Bureau of
Investigation agents raided Joshua Holly's home looking for evidence in
the case. In court documents, the FBI says that Holly was an
accomplished spammer, who hacked a large number of Gmail and MySpace

But Holly hasn't been charged in the Miley Cyrus hack -- instead, he
faces more serious financial fraud charges for allegedly storing about
200 stolen credit card numbers on his computer. He could go to prison
for 10 years and pay a US$250,000 fine if convicted of the charges.

He was arrested on Thursday and was released following his initial
appearance in court Monday, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney
Hilliard Hester. Holly is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on
Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. His
lawyer, Sumter Camp, Jr., did not respond to messages seeking comment
for the story.


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