Blind Weighman

I’ve been reading the following article about 19-year-old Matthew Weighman, “one of the best phone-hackers alive”, recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for his crimes.  Weighman was born blind.  Fascinating stuff.

W I R E D Threat Level | Blind Hacker Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Relying on an ironclad memory and detailed knowledge of the phone system, the teenager is known for using social engineering to manipulate phone company workers and others into divulging confidential information, and into entering commands into computers and telephone switching equipment on his behalf.

The FBI had been chasing Weigman since he was 15 years old, at times courting him as an informant. He was finally arrested in May of last year, less than two months after celebrating his 18th birthday.

Even more interesting is the “factual resume” (read: confession) written by Weighman and his lawyer describing in detail the various crimes he was charged with, and the part he played in them.

…If they haven’t already been sold, I’m betting Hollywood buys the movie rights before the end of the week.

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