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Hacker Sentenced to 2 Years for MySpace Cyberstalking

Date: July 12, 2008

A Southern California man who already served federal time for hacking into Lexis-Nexis has begun a state prison term for allegedly using his skills to try and extort phone sex from an internet celebrity.

Jeffrey Robert Weinberg, 23, pleaded no contest to a single count of computer intrusion in May, and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was transferred to California's Tehachapi state prison on Thursday.

Hilton reported the harassment to the police, and recorded one of the phone calls. Weinberg was arrested after Hilton matched his mug shot to a photo the hacker had sent her.

A charge of attempted extortion, and four other charges, were dropped in the plea deal. But when his state prison term ends, Weinberg is expected to be transferred to federal custody for a hearing on whether he violated the conditions of his supervised release.

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