As part of the criminal case against a former student of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), a judge in Puerto Rico sentenced him to serve 13 months in federal prison.
The former student, Iván Santell-Velázquez (aka Slay3r_r00t) was accused of hacking over a dozen of the university’s female classmates’ email and Snapchat accounts.
On July 13, Ivan pled guilty to being a cyberstalker, admitting that he had targeted over 100 students in his online campaign. He also engaged in other schemes to steal information such as using spoofing and phishing.
He has been accused of harassing women and in some cases, he has published pictures that he has stolen from them in their nudist states between 2019 and 2021.
Apart from hacking student email accounts, he also managed to get access to multiple university email accounts by spoofing and phishing attempts through which he gathered personal information.
Students Data Stolen
The appellant, Iván Santell-Velázquez targeted 15 female students in total at the University of Puerto Rico. A victim of cyberstalking may experience a significant amount of emotional distress as a result of it.
Here’s what U.S. Attorney Muldrow stated:-
“The prosecution of cyber criminals is a top priority in the Justice Department. Cybercrimes not only cause financial losses to corporate victims but also result in financial and psychological harm to vulnerable victims, oftentimes children or the elderly. This conduct will not be tolerated.”
“This case also demonstrates the importance of safeguarding personal information and passwords, and the care we must take when responding to suspicious e-mails and text messages.”
As a result of his illicit crimes, Iván Santell-Velázquez was sentenced to 13 months of rigorous imprisonment along with 2 years of supervised release for cyberstalking by Silvia Carreño Coll, the U.S. District Court Judge.
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