Barry Ardolf indicted for hacking, death threats and e-mailing porn

Categories: Civil Society

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Joe got the threats, Ardolf got the indictment
The guy who allegedly hacked into his neighbor's WiFi, posed as his neighbor and sent death threats and porn to Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has been indicted.

Barry Vincent Ardolf faces two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making threats to the president and successors to the presidency, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of distribution of child pornography. If he's convicted, he could face years in prison -- all in the name of seeking a little revenge on his neighbor.

The indictment alleges that:

In February 2009, Ardolf hacked into his neighbor's wireless Internet connection and created multiple e-mail accounts in that person's name. Then, on May 6, 2009, he allegedly used one of those accounts to e-mail the office of the vice president of the United States. In that e-mail, he stated:

This is a terrorist threat! Take this seriously. I hate the way you people are spending money you don't have.... I'm assigning myself to be judge jury and executioner. Since you folks have spent what you don't have it's time to pay the ultimate price. Time for new officials after you all are put to death by us....

What might have motivated the 45-year-old Medtronic employee from Blaine to do such a thing? Evidently, the neighbor in question had filed a police complaint against Ardolf, accusing him of inappropriately touching and kissing the couple's toddler on the mouth, and Ardolf wanted to frame him with the e-mails to get even.

Ardolf faces a max 20 years in prison on the distribution of child pornography charge, 10 years on the pornography possession charge, five years on both the unauthorized access to a computer and the threats to the vice president, and a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence on each count of aggravated identity theft.

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