Tampa Man Charged with Hacking and Wiretapping

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Tampa man accused of hacking into computer systems and intercepting communications, investigation ongoing.

Federal authorities in Tampa have indicted Timothy Burke, a 45-year-old resident, on multiple charges related to computer hacking and violations of the Wiretap Act. The indictment, unsealed by United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg, alleges that Burke, along with another unknown individual (“Conspirator 2”), engaged in unauthorized access to protected computer systems and illegally intercepted communications.

The indictment details several accusations:

  • Unauthorized access: Burke and Conspirator 2 are accused of using stolen login credentials (“compromised credentials”) to gain unauthorized access to computer systems belonging to the National Sports League and a company identified as “StreamCo.”
  • Data theft: Once inside the systems, the indictment alleges that the duo stole proprietary information from both entities.
  • Wiretapping: In the case of StreamCo, the indictment further alleges that Burke and Conspirator 2 used the stolen information to intercept, download, and save communications from specific StreamCo customers, potentially impacting two broadcasters identified in the document.

It’s important to note that an indictment is merely a formal accusation, and Burke is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tampa Field Office’s Cyber Squad. Assistant United States Attorneys Jay G. Trezevant and James A. Muench will be prosecuting the case.

The full extent of any potential damage or the specific information stolen remains under investigation. This case highlights the growing concern surrounding cybercrime and its potential impact on individuals, organizations, and even major sporting leagues.

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