You never know who's on the other end of a Craigslist ad. The classified ads site is great for finding everything from used cars to inexpensive cellphones. But there's a sinister side to Craigslist, too.
As it turns out, there are also criminal dummies on the site. Case in point, a Pennsylvania man who had $16,000 in fines for DUI convictions and an assault charge. Rather than pay up, he's now behind bars.
That's because Zachary Landis posted an ad, using Safe-mail.net, on Craigslist to hire a "genius hacker." He wanted this person to break into the court's computer system to wipe out those $16,000 in fines.
He didn't know it, but a cop responded to the ad. Landis blew his cover when they were negotiating fees for the hack. Landis sent the cop a screenshot of himself. As it turned out, his Gmail account was open behind him.
The cop contacted Google and was told that email was associated with Landis. Craigslist strengthened the case when it said the ad was posted by Landis' IP address.
Landis pleaded guilty to felony charges, including tampering with public records, unlawfully using a computer and computer trespass. Here's his mug shot.
Landis will spend two to four years in prison.