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The young men who reached notoriety for illegally accessing the cell phone of socialite Paris Hilton are now either in federal prison or headed there shortly.

Security Fix has learned the whereabouts of the hackers who pleaded guilty last fall to digitally breaking into consumer data giant LexisNexis and to stealing racy photos from Hilton's cell.

Upon their arrest last summer, each member of the hacker group faced charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. The latter charge carries a minimum sentence of two years. A Florida judge waived the count of aggravated identity theft and sentenced all but one of the men to between eight and 10 months in federal prison. Additionally, he ordered them to pay more than $100,000 total to LexisNexis. All of the men will receive three years of supervised release after serving their jail terms.

Zachary "majy" Mann, 20, of Maple Grove, Minn., is now serving an eight-month sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minn. Timothy C. "krazed" McKeage, 22, of Woonsocket, R.I., is doing eight months at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass. Jeffrey Robert "VIP" Weinberg received a sentence of 10 months in a California federal prison. He is being held in a Southern California county jail awaiting transfer.

Justin "Null" Perras, 21, has not been sentenced, but he is being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release.

Jason Daniel "phrea" Hawks, 25, of Winston-Salem, N.C., received three years of probation.

No public information was available about 18 year old Cameron "cam0" LaCroix, who was a juvenile when the crime occurred. The teen pleaded guilty in September 2005 and spent 11 months in a Massachusetts juvenile detention facility. He was released last summer. Federal prosecutors declined to comment on his case, and the teen's records are under seal because they are connected to the juvenile conviction.

Two sources close to the case who asked not to be named say LaCroix recently was sent back to detention. He apparently violated the terms of his supervised release, which barred him from possessing or using any computer, cell phone or other electronic equipment capable of accessing the Internet.

By Brian Krebs  |  February 27, 2007; 12:58 PM ET
Categories:  Fraud , From the Bunker  
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They should have all gotten a minimum of 10 years for keeping this "celebrity" in the news.

Posted by: Disgusted with "Celebs" | February 27, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It would be very interesting to know if these terms of prosecution are typical, or whether these kids (essentially) were prosecuted so strongly since a -c-e-l-e-b-r-i-t-y (oh, wait, I meant a RICH person) was involved?

Posted by: Curious One | February 27, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Is this the end of Illmob?

Posted by: nobody | February 27, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Serious crimes of this magnitude should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Hopefully other young geeksters won't be tempted to invade important citizens privacy.

Posted by: Texas | March 12, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Paris Hilton Star in my book. Lead actress in a possible upcoming movie All about Amy. Purchace at then click on bookstore then type in All About Amy.

Posted by: lou big Lou | March 13, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

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