Twenty-five-year-old Cameron Lacroix, who in 2009 was sent to juvie for hacking into Paris Hilton’s cellphone, will soon find himself in the big house — this time for stealing credit and debit card numbers, as well as for hacking into police and academic computer systems.
Lacroix was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for two counts of computer intrusion and one count of access device fraud, charges to which he plead guilty earlier this summer.
According to the Department of Justice announcement, LaCroix admitted that between 2011 and 2013 “he obtained and possessed payment card data for more than 14,000 unique account holders,” and that “for some of these account holders, Lacroix also obtained other personally identifiable information.”
Lacroix, a student at Bristol Community College in Massachusetts, also repeatedly hacked into BCC’s computer servers to change his grades and the grades of two other students.
Finally, he “repeatedly hacked into law enforcement computer servers containing sensitive information including police reports, intelligence reports, arrest warrants, and sex offender information,” even accessing a local Massachussetts police chief’s email account.
Lacroix first achieved notoriety in 2005 as part of the group that hacked into Paris Hilton’s cell phone, leaking nude photos, private notes and celebrity phone numbers all over the Internet. Because he was under 18 when they hacked the phone, he never went to prison for it, instead spending 11 months in a juvenile detention facility.
According to Ars Technica, he is also behind the infamous Burger King Twitter hack of 2013, when BK’s Twitter avatar was changed to the McDonald’s logo and tweeted out some off brand content, like an image of a heroin junkie and “all of our employees crush and sniff percocet in the bathrooms =[ “.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the Justice Department and the Massachusetts State Police to bring down the 20-something technie. According to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller, Lacroix had to forfeit his laptop and a thumb drive to the authorities upon his conviction.