Shaun Harrison (18) and Saverio Mondelli (19) allegedly hacked into MySpace and stole the personal information of an untold number of its users.Â They thus threatened to share the stolen information with the world, unless MySpace agreed to pay them off – at the price of $150,000 USD.
The pair owned and operated myspaceplus.com, and developed a computer code which enabled them to get the personal information of MySpace users.
As clever as their ploy may have been, they weren’t clever enough.Â They were arrested Friday when attempting to collect the $150,000 payoff in Los Angeles.Â
The pair have been each charged with illegal computer access and attempted extortion. Bail has been set at $35,000, and a preliminary hearing will take place on June 5.