TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ohio man admits to extorting Pitt officials

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 6:50 p.m.
 

An Ohio man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to use YouTube, Gmail and Twitter to extort University of Pittsburgh officials in April.

“I do plead guilty, your honor,” said Alexander Waterland, 25, of Loveland Ohio, after Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kitchen described how Waterland and Brett Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, Ohio, extorted university officials.

The pair claimed to have about 200 gigabytes of personal information on faculty and staff that they would release unless the chancellor apologized for “failing” to protect students during a series of bomb threats earlier in the spring.

Kitchen agreed with Waterland's attorney, Anthony Bittner, that the pair never actually hacked into the university's secure computer servers.

Conti scheduled Waterland's sentencing for March 15. Hudson pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in October, and Conti scheduled his sentencing for Feb. 8.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates rout Cardinals to keep things interesting in NL Central
  2. LaBar: Best next opponent for Brock Lesnar
  3. Rams take down TJ in season opener
  4. BVA breaks in new field by beating Trinity
  5. Leader Times roundup: Karns City rolls in opener
  6. Clairton picks up where it left off, rout California, 72-0
  7. Bank of New York Mellon computer glitch examined for harm to investors
  8. Defense sparks Freeport to Allegheny Conference victory over Shady Side Academy
  9. High temperatures, low gas prices could entice 30.4M holiday travelers
  10. Connellsville Area School District to honor Hall of Fame inductees
  11. Farmers fear 2nd attack of bird flu