Man Hires 'Hacker' Online, Actually Hires Undercover Police Officer

By Chris Mills on at

In case you’re ever in a situation where you think hiring a hacker using public online portals will improve things, just remember: you’re more likely to get an undercover police officer instead.

Zachary Landis owed thousands in outstanding fines in relation to a string of DUIs and assaults he committed in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. So, he placed an ad on Craigslist (using his personal phone number and email address, we might add!) asking for a hacker who could wipe his record clean.

Naturally, a detective emailed Landis back, asking for the case ID numbers he wanted wiped. Landis complied, giving the prosecutor the definition of an open-and-shut case, with the 27-year-old landing himself felony counts of computer trespass, unlawful use of a computer, and tampering with public records.

Remember kids: if you’re going to cook up ill-advised plans to hack government computer systems, TOR and shady Dark Web sites are just a few clicks away. [Lancaster County Court via The Register]