Bahamian arrested in U.S. for hacking celebrities' emails

martes 22 de diciembre de 2015 20:59 GYT

By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK Dec 22 (Reuters) - A Bahamian man has been arrested for hacking celebrities' email accounts to steal movie and TV scripts, personal information and sexually explicit videos that he peddled to an undercover agent, federal prosecutors in New York said on Tuesday.

Alonzo Knowles, 23, was held without bail after an appearance in Manhattan federal court on criminal copyright infringement and identity theft charges.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the case had the elements of the type of blockbuster scripts Knowles is alleged to have stolen. "Unfortunately, these circumstances are all too real," he said in a statement.

Knowles kept of at least 130 celebrities' emails and phone numbers, a criminal complaint said, and noted his victims included movie and TV actors, a casting director, a popular singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist.

Prosecutors did not identify the celebrities, movies or shows involved.

Knowles takes the charges "extremely seriously," Clay Kaminsky, his court-appointed lawyer, said in the hearing. The attorney declined to comment afterward.

Knowles was arrested on Monday in Manhattan, a day after arriving from the Bahamas to sell the undercover agent 15 scripts for unreleased movies and TV shows for $80,000, prosecutors said.

Knowles had emailed the agent sexually explicit videos and photos that a television host and columnist had sent to a radio host, the complaint said.   Continuación...