Child porn Wi-Fi hacker jailed for 18 years -

A bloke who terrorised his neighbourhood by hacking their Wi-Fi connections has been jailed for 18 years.

According to Wired, Barry Ardolf, 46, repeatedly hacked into his next-door neighbors' Wi-Fi network in 2009. He then tried to frame them for child pornography, and sexual harassment. He also used their account to send threatening e-mail to politicians, including Vice President Joe Biden.

It all started when his new neighbours complained to the cops after he kissed their four-year-old son on the lips.

Prosecutor Timothy Rank told the court that Barry Ardolf was a dangerous man who vented his anger in a bizarre and calculated campaign of terror against them. He used his computer hacking skills to strike at his victims while hiding in the shadows.

For months he inflicted psychic damage and made his victims feel vulnerable in their own home, Rank told the court.

Ardolf's attorney, Kevin O'Brien, pointed out that it was a lengthy sentence for a first time offender but not much else.

It seems that coppers found he'd also hijacked the Wi-Fi of other neighbours, and terrorised them too.

It might have been Ardolf's anger which got the better of him as he could have got a much lighter sentence. The father of two turned down a two year plea agreement last year to charges related to the Biden e-mail.

Coppers decided to throw the book at him and charged him with identity theft and two kiddie-porn accusations. He pleaded guilty to them all last year.

The court heard how Ardolf downloaded Wi-Fi hacking software and then spent two weeks cracking the Kostolnik's WEP encryption. Then he used their own Wi-Fi network to create a fake MySpace page for the husband, where he posted a picture of a girl having sex with two young boys.

In the "about me" section he wrote that he bet his coworker that since he was a lawyer he could get away with putting up porn on his site by pretending that anyone could have hacked his Wi-Fi and put it up without his knowledge.

He then e-mailed the same child porn to one of the husband's co-workers, and sent flirtatious e-mail to women in Kostolnik's office using the husband's genuine e-mail account.

Kostolnik was hauled into his superior's office and told them he had no idea what was happening. They hired a firm that examined his network and discovered that an "unknown" device had access to it. They installed a packet sniffer on his network.

Then Ardolf appeared to have got a bit ambitious and got the attention of the spooks. In May 2009, the secret service showed up at Kostolnik's office to ask about several threatening e-mails sent from his Yahoo account, and traced to his IP address, that were addressed to Biden and other politicians.

The forensics computer expert working for Kostolnik's law firm looked at the packet logs for those sessions and amongst the data they found traffic containing Ardolf's name and Comcast account .

When the spooks searched Ardolf's house and computer, they found reams of evidence, including copies of data swiped from the Kostolniks' computer, and hacking manuals.

What was even dafter was that they found handwritten notes with Ardolf's revenge plans, and a cache of snail mail that Ardolf had apparently stolen from the Kostolniks' mail box.