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FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

FBI used spyware to catch cable-cutting extortionist

The FBI used spyware to catch a Massachusetts man who tried to extort Verizon and Comcast by cutting 18 data- and voice-carrying cables in 2005, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Wired.com revealed yesterday.

Although the man’s name was redacted in the documents provided to the Web site, their description of the case matches that of Danny M. Kelly, an unemployed engineer who at the time lived in Chelmsford, Mass. According to federal court records, Kelly was accused of cutting a total of 18 above-ground communications cables between November 2004 and February 2005 as part of a plot to extort money from Verizon and Comcast.

“Kelly sent a series of anonymous letters to Comcast and Verizon, in which he took responsibility for the cable cuts and threatened to continue and increase this activity if the companies did not establish multiple bank accounts for him and make monthly deposits into these accounts,” the original complaint read.

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