Judge declares “Cyberstalking a Serious Crime” and sentences a Cyberstalker to 10 years in prison!

04 March 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Author(s): Peter Vogel

31 year old Michael Daniel Rubens confessed that “he publicly humiliated dozens of young women by hacking into their online accounts, including e-mail and social media, stealing photographs and other personal information, using the photographs to create pornography and posting the pornographic images on social media websites and on a revenge pornography website that was recently shut down by the FBI.”

The Department of Justice press release on March 1, 2016 stated that Rubens was also fined $15,000 and ordered to pay “$1,550 in restitution for cyberstalking, unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft” and that during his “guilty plea on Dec. 3, 2015, Rubens admitted” his cyberstalking occurred “between January 2012 and January 2015.”

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle (Northern District of Florida) said that “Perhaps it’s time they learned” that cyberstalking is a serious crime  in response to Ruben’s attorney who urged leniency, that “unlike bank robbery or drug dealing, cyberstalking was not something people thought of as a serious crime.”

This is great news, and all cyberstalkers need to caught and sent to prison!

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