1. What was the crime, who was the criminal, who was the victim, what was the resulting damage of the crime?
The crime was hacking into a neighbor’s Wi-Fi network in 2009 and using it to try and frame them for child pornography, sexual harassment, and various kinds of professional misconduct and to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden (Kravets, 2011). The criminal was Barry Ardolf the victims’ neighbor (Kravets, 2011). The victims were Matt and Bethany Kostolnik his new neighbors who lived next door to Mr. Ardolf (Kravets, 2011). Mr. Ardolf wanted to destroy the careers and professional reputations of Matt and Bethany Kostolnik, to ...view middle of the document...
3. Based on the six categories of hackers presented in your textbook on page 93, how would you categorize the hacker in your case? Why?
Mr. Ardolf was a scamp hacker because he wanted to gain some fun out of what he was doing. Mr. Ardolf was an explorer hacker because he was motivated by his delight in the discoveries associated with breaking into the Kostolnik’s computer system. Mr. Ardolf was a vandal hacker because he was a malicious hacker who deliberately wanted to cause damage with no apparent gain for him.
4. What punishment did the criminal receive? Do you think the punishment fit the crime?
Mr. Ardolf had turned down a two year plea agreement in 2010 to charges related to the Biden e-mail (Kravets, 2011). The authorities piled on more charges, including identity theft and two child-porn accusations carrying lifetime sex-offender registration requirements(Kravets, 2011). He pleaded guilty to them all last year. Mr. Ardolf was sentenced to an 18 year term in a federal prison in July 2011 (Kravets, 2011). Mr. Ardolf ’s charges will tag him as a lifetime-sex-offender registration requirements and after his...