EAST TEXAS (KTRE) – Lufkin police say a man hacked into his ex-girlfriend's e-mail and Facebook to exploit her. Brandon Dunn is now behind bars charged with improper photography and fraudulent use of identifying information.
Brad Suggs, DP Solutions Support Specialist, showed KTRE just how easy it is to hack into a computer, even when it is password protected. "There's people that pride themselves in hacking. They have games to see how fast a virus will travel around the world."
But, Lufkin Police say Brandon Dunn may have had another motive. Dunn is reportedly involved in a bitter custody battle with the mother of his child. Detectives say he gained access into his ex's e-mail and Facebook allegedly sending letters and her nude photographs to her attorney.
"If someone steals photographs or hacks into your account and gets photographs and uses those, that's a violation of the law because they didn't have access or permission to use those," Sergeant Travis Strickland/Lufkin Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said.
Computer experts say make your passwords forgettable. "Put something that's wrong, that way you know the correct answer because if you went to high school with me, we both graduated from the same high school, so you know, change it up. Don't put anything very obvious, write it down. Tuck it away somewhere," Brad Suggs/DP Solutions Support Specialist, said.
These recommendations will also help protect your passwords:
- Never share your password with anyone.
- Never use your network logon password for another purpose.
- Use different passwords for your network logon and the Administrator account on your computer.
- Change your network password every 60 to 90 days or as often as required in your specific environment.
- Change your password immediately if you think it has been compromised.
You should be careful about where you save your password on your computer. Some dialog boxes, such as those for remote access and other telephone connections, present an option to save or remember your password. Do not select that option.
Suggs says if you reset your password, print the e-mail off and delete it from your machine.
And, do not forget to safeguard your Facebook. Suggs says it can be hacked by friending people you do not know. "Internet crimes and computer crimes have increased fifty-full. We have a detective that pretty much all he does for us is identity theft," Strickland said.
Above all, remember regardless of your password strength, experts say do not put anything online that you do not want people to see. According to Suggs, "If it's out there, it can be hacked one way or another."
In the case against Brandon Dunn, if convicted, he faces up to 2 years in jail for improper photography and up to 2 years in jail for fraudulent use of identifying information.