Man who accessed Miley Cyrus MySpace account pleads guilty

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 8:01pm

The man who once boasted of hacking into Miley Cyrus’ MySpace account pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday.

Josh Holly, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing about 200 credit card account numbers with the intent to defraud as well as one count of accessing a protected MySpace computer system without authorization and using that information to make money sending more than 10,000 spam emails in 2008.

Holly was not charged in connection to the leak of Cyrus’ photos after her email was hacked. But the investigation later led federal agents to arrest Holly on Dec. 30, 2010, on the possession of stolen credit card information charge. The second count was added in a later indictment filed in June.

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger on Monday signed an order accepting Holly’s plea. According to that order, Holly faces up to 13 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each of the two counts.

At a hearing in January, a magistrate judge released Holly to his grandmother under the condition that he have no access to the Internet. According to court filings, however, Holly posted several Facebook postings in July, one of which came in the form of a text message in which he stated he had “strong urges” to start hacking again because “there’s so much new stuff on the net. I can’t stop these urges.”

Holly’s sentencing hearing is set for 11 a.m. on Oct. 31.

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