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A New York man has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to stealing dozens of nude photos from college students.
U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Faber, of Rochester, to 36 months behind bars on Thursday, according to the Department of Justice. Faber was also sentenced to three years of supervised release upon the completion of his prison sentence and ordered to pay over $35,000 in restitution to the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. He pleaded guilty to charges of computer fraud and aggravated identity theft on February 8.
Between 2017 and 2019, Faber and co-conspirator Michael Fish illegally accessed the email accounts of dozens of women who were students at SUNY Plattsburgh. The duo used information from the email accounts to gain access to the social media accounts of the women, going on to steal nude photos and videos that they later traded online. In online conversations with each other, Faber and Fish described obtaining the stolen images as “wins,” said The Press-Republican.
The email accounts were accessed after Faber and Fish correctly guessed the answers to password reset questions. They attempted to cover their tracks by using a virtual private network but were quickly tracked down during an investigation that was initiated after one of the victims noticed suspicious activity on her accounts. SUNY Plattsburgh spent over $35,000 to investigate and fix security issues after the criminal scheme was uncovered.
Faber and Fish are both graduates of SUNY Plattsburgh and knew some of their victims personally. The university contacted the women to let them know that their accounts may have been compromised. Graduate Katie Lein, who knew Fish but not Faber, told SUNY Plattsburgh student paper Cardinal Points that she was shocked to learn of the security breach even though she had not placed much trust in Fish, who…