Two men have been jailed for 24 and 14 months for their role in an internet network in which nude photos of some 400 Dutch girls were stolen and placed online.
Both men were found guilty of hacking girls’ websites and stealing photos and videos, and one was found guilty of blackmail and the possession of child pornography.
The gang was unmasked in an investigation by RTL Nieuws earlier this year. The broadcaster said at the time more than 2,000 men and boys were sharing images of the young women, without their consent, in a closed network.
‘More than 30,000 images and videos are sorted under name and town, with links to the victims’ social media profiles,’ RTL said at the time. ‘In a chatroom, naked photos of women that are called “wins” by the boys are named and exchanged like a huge collection of Pokémon cards. On request, girls are hacked to steal explicit photos and videos.’
The two men sentenced on Wednesday, 32-year-old Djuri V from Culemborg and 36-year-old Gary de V from Groningen, had hacked hundreds of icloud accounts by guessing passwords and finding out answers to security questions, the court was told.