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Tampa Man Faces Decades in Prison for High-Tech Hacking and Wiretap

Tampa, FL. - In a significant cybercrime case unfolding in Tampa, Florida, Timothy Burke, a 45-year-old resident of Tampa, has been indicted on serious charges related to computer hacking and violations of the Wiretap Act. United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced the indictment, which brings to light allegations of conspiracy, unauthorized access of protected computers, and breaches of the Wiretap Act against Burke.

If found guilty on all charges, Burke could be looking at a maximum sentence of 62 years in a federal prison, a stark reminder of the severe penalties tied to cybercriminal activities. Additionally, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of a website domain, 20 computer-related devices used in the commission of these crimes, and $1,500 identified as proceeds from the alleged illegal activities.

The indictment details a sophisticated scheme where Burke, along with an unnamed conspirator referred to as Conspirator 2, allegedly used compromised credentials—specifically, stolen usernames and passwords—to unlawfully access computers belonging to two victim entities. These entities are described in the indictment as the "National Sports League" and "StreamCo," a service that enables its broadcaster-customers to record and transmit high-resolution content over the internet.

The charges include accusations of stealing proprietary information from StreamCo's website, which allowed them to intercept, download, and save streams belonging to StreamCo's broadcaster-customers. This breach not only represents a significant invasion of privacy but also a theft of valuable intellectual property.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Tampa Field Office – Cyber Squad spearheaded the investigation into this case, underscoring the seriousness with which federal authorities view cyber intrusions and the theft of digital information. Assistant United States Attorneys Jay G. Trezevant and James A. Muench are leading the prosecution, signaling the high level of expertise being brought to bear on this case.

It's important to note that an indictment is merely an accusation and that Timothy Burke, like all defendants, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. However, this case serves as a potent reminder of the ongoing battle against cybercrime and the determination of law enforcement agencies to protect digital assets and privacy in the digital age.



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