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Before the local court in Alsfeld, Hesse, the trial against a student who is said to have spied out and published personal data of many politicians and celebrities on the Internet began on Wednesday. Because of the age of the accused, the hearing takes place in camera.
The young man is said to have illegally obtained personal data such as telephone numbers, credit card details, addresses, photos or chats in 73 cases between August 2015 and January 2019. Among other things, he is accused of spying on data, stealing data, falsifying data and attempting blackmail.
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According to the indictment, he is said to have bought some passwords on an illegal hacker website. In other cases, he is said to have deceived providers of e-mail services about his identity and thus obtained access to the accounts of the injured party via a password reset option.
To publish the data, he staged an "advent calendar" in December 2018 in the short message service Twitter under the name "G0D". According to the indictment, he made data from a total of 993 politicians available.
He also tried to blackmail six members of the Bundestag. He threatened to publish information and demanded an amount of around 900 euros each in the crypto currency Bitcoins.
In addition to the data allegations, the young man is charged with other offenses. Between 2016 and 2018 he is said to have written false attacks and amok announcements three times and also wrongly accused two other people of a crime.
In January 2019, the then 20-year-old was identified and briefly arrested. The case attracted a lot of attention at the time and sparked a discussion about tougher sentences.
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