Florida man could face 62 years in prison for hacking and related charges

Florida man Timothy Burke is facing charges of conspiracy, unauthorized access to protected computers, and violations of the Wiretap Act.

If convicted of the above charges, Burke could face a maximum penalty of 62 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment document by the United States District Court, Burke played many different roles in this conspiracy, including utilizing compromised credentials to gain unauthorized access to protected computer systems.

The court claims that the defendant inspected those protected computers for electronic items and information and stole what he felt was desirable.

The information that was gleaned from the intrusion included compromised credentials, such as usernames and passwords, used to gain unauthorized access to protected computers.

Burke, along with a second unnamed conspirator, accessed the National Sports League (NSL) and SteamCo’s systems to steal information for their devices.

The National Sports League was a major professional sports league founded in New York City and operated in North America.

SteamCo was a video technology company based in the United States that provided live video streaming services across the world.

Burke and Conspirator 2 “used the compromised credentials to access a website of the StreamCo-Net, a StreamCo service that allowed its broadcaster-customers to record and transmit high-resolution encoded content and communications over the internet.”

Both perpetrators obtained and stole SteamCo’s information and used this to intercept, download, and save the SteamCo broadcaster-customer’s streams, the press release reads.

According to the indictment, Burke organized and exploited a number of electronic items and information while intercepting and disclosing the contents of wire, oral, and/or electronic video communications.

Alongside a website called ilovecitr.us, Burke utilized various devices and electronic communications services such as Twitter and Google accounts.

Both Burke and Conspirator 2 used Twitter’s direct messaging service alongside Google accounts to exchange information and organize the crimes in question.

The court alleges that Burke intentionally accessed the protected systems of the NSL FTP server and SteamCo-Net without authorization, affecting interstate and foreign commerce and communication.

Burke intentionally attempted to intercept the contents of wire, oral, and electronic communication “as it was occurring by means of a device, namely a computer.” He also recruited another individual to carry out this crime.

According to the press release, the United States “is seeking forfeiture of a website domain and 20 computer-related devices used to commit the charged criminal conduct” alongside $1,500.

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