August 20, 2013 Lake Mary Florida (WESH) Two Lake Mary-area residents are accused of targeting celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher in an extensive hacking scheme, according to a 20-page document released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Luis Flores, 19, and Kyah Green, 41, were arrested Aug. 8 on federal charges in connection with the alleged hacking scheme.
According to the criminal complaint against the pair, federal agents searched the suspects’ Central Florida home after reports from American Express about suspicious activity on the accounts of several high-profile people.
Flores and Green were able to obtain the personal information for Kutcher, Kardashian, Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner, Paris Hilton, and others. In some cases they used the information to order replacement credit cards that were sent to their home, according to the official report.
The suspects are also accused of targeting top security officials, like the director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, and the director of the U.S. Marshals.
When agents executed the search warrant on their home, they also found computer files with the personal information of first lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Beyonce Knowles and Bill Gates, according to investigators.
Information of wire transfers from celebrity accounts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars was also uncovered, agents said in the report.
Although the report does not say how the big names were targeted, Tom Jelneck with On Target Web Solutions said social media users are the easy targets.
“You come across these things that say, ‘Play this, click that, click this’ and a lot of those people are just clicking things because they are so used to doing it,” Jelneck said.
After police raided the home, they said the suspects continued to try to run the fraud scheme until their arrests.
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