MA Man gets 17 Years for Cyberstalking

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 12:10 PM gHale

A Newton, MA, got 17.5 yars behind bars after pleading guilty for multiple counts of cyberstalking a former female housemate, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and hoax bomb threats.

Ryan S. Lin, 25, engaged in a cyberstalking campaign against a 25-year old former female housemate between May 2016 through Oct. 5, 2017, hacking into her online accounts and stealing personally identifiable information, as well as private information such as photos, diary entries, medical details, and more.

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The stolen data was subsequently distributed by Lin to hundreds of people in her circle of friends and her family members, co-workers, and other unknown third parties.

Lin also created fake online profiles in his victim’s name posting fraudulent sexual solicitations in her name, drawing multiple men to her home. Moreover, the crook also sent large numbers of text messages and hoaxes to his target.

Investigators also discovered Lin also made over 120 hoax bomb threats and sent unsolicited pornographic images.

The bomb threats were directing law enforcement agencies to the victim’s residence, as well as to “schools, homes, businesses and other institutions.”

Lin also directed his cyberstalking campaign toward the victim’s mother, housemate, a New Jersey friend, and two of her former New York classmates.

“Lin pleaded guilty in April 2018 to seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distribution of child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of computer fraud and abuse and one count of aggravated identity theft,” said officials at the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs.

Furthermore, Lin also accepted as part of his plea agreement to receive a sentence of a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 17.5 half years of imprisonment, with the judge sentencing him to the maximum possible time behind bars.

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