FBI collars not-so-bright extortionist


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Jun 3, 2003
FBI collars not-so-bright extortionist
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"A Maryland man with a grudge against a Connecticut-based patent firm used unsecured wireless networks at homes and businesses in the Washington D.C. area to penetrate the company's computers and deliver untraceable threats and extortion demands, until an FBI surveillance team caught him in the act. Myron Tereshchuk, 42, pleaded guilty this month to a single charge of 'attempted extortion affecting commerce' for demanding a seventeen million dollar ransom in exchange for not broadcasting proprietary information he obtained from MicroPatent, LLC... Though he went to some lengths to make himself untraceable technically, past altercations between Tereshchuk and the company made him the prime suspect from the start, according to court records. The clearest sign came when he issued the seventeen million dollar extortion demand, and instructed the company to 'make the check payable to Myron Tereshchuk.'"