A Bristol Community College student who reportedly leaked incriminating photos he hacked from Paris Hilton’s cellphone in 2005 is facing new charges after allegedly breaking into his college’s computer network and a law enforcement computer. He is also accused of obtaining stolen bank card data for more than 14,000 account holders.
Cameron Lacroix, 25, of New Bedford faces two counts of computer intrusion and one count of access device fraud. The US District Attorney reported today in a press release that Lacroix has agreed to plead guilty to all charges and will serve four years in prison followed by three years of “supervised release.”
This is not the first time Lacroix has faced allegations of this kind. He was charged with 18 counts of computer hacking related crimes in 2008 and served 11 months in a juvenile detention center after pleading guilty to hacking into hotel heiress Paris Hilton’s cellphone.
A juvenile at the time, Lacroix was said to have been the youngest member of a hacking group responsible for a series of electronic break-ins at the legal research corporation LexisNexis.
He also pleaded guilty to making bomb threats at two different high schools and breaking into a telephone company’s electronic records to set up free wireless phone accounts for his friends.
In 2005, prosecutors told the Washington Post that victims of Lacroix’s crimes had suffered a total of about $1 million in damages.
That’s all prior to this week’s allegations.
The new batch of charges allege he repeatedly hacked into the Bristol Community College computer network to change his and two other students’ grades, accessed law enforcement computers containing intelligence records, arrest warrants, and sex offender information, and obtained the personal bank records of thousands of people.
The Department of Justice did not identify the local police department whose network Lacroix hacked into, nor did they specify how he obtained the personal bank card data of thousands.Shannon McMahon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @shanmcmahon_.