The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 June 2004

The tiniest of slips

One Myron Tereshchuk (could there possibly be two Myron Tereshchuks?) has entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted extortion. He had run a service which produces extracts of patent and trademark registrations for the legal profession; the service ran afoul of the Feds for some reason or another, and Tereshchuk decided that it was the fault of MicroPatent LLC, a competitor of his.

Using other people's unsecured wireless networks, Tereshchuk broke into MicroPatent's network and sent threats to its management, culminating with a demand for $17 million in exchange for not broadcasting MicroPatent's proprietary information all over the Internet. And it might have worked, had not the demand ended with the following instruction:

[M]ake the check payable to Myron Tereshchuk.

The FBI, which had suspected the guy earlier, paid a visit to his house and found evidence nearly as incriminating, plus raw materials for grenades and ricin. Boom lowered, perp arrested.

Sentencing is scheduled for late October.

(Via Fark)

Posted at 9:02 AM to Dyssynergy

One Myron Tereshchuk (could there possibly be two Myron Tereshchuks?)

Surely not. There surely must be, however, more than a couple of "Terry" Tereshchuks.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:11 AM on 27 June 2004