Two California men pleaded guilty to hacking into the email account of professional poker player Joe Sebok in the fall of 2010. They threatened to post the pictures and intimate emails online if he and other victims did not pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The two men are Tyler Schrier, 23, and Keith James Hudson, 39.
Sebok said during a sentencing hearing for the two men in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he and the other victims had seen their lives “altered and shattered in irreparable ways” by the crime, which damaged his ability to earn a living as a professional poker player.
“In short, I was no longer able to maintain my then-current level of participation in the poker industry, representing the brands that I had been previously, as well as greatly destroying my ability to do so with new companies moving forward,” Sebok said, according to U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek.
None of the victims made the payments to the extortionists.
Apparently, prior to the Sebok case, the men charged had extorted more than $26,000 from professional poker players in exchange for agreeing not to reveal information regarding their online poker activities.
Schrier was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, extortion and unauthorized access to a protected computer. He had faced a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison if convicted at trial. Hudson was sentenced to two years in prison following his guilty plea to unauthorized access to a protected computer for purposes of financial gain.
It probably was a bad idea to take naked pictures of one’s self and store them in an email account in the first place.