The gang that broke into Paris Hilton's handheld and unleashed the hotel heiress's personal messages and saucy photos onto the Web used a one-two punch of hacking and conmanship, according to a Washington Post report.
A teen who claimed to have taken part in the data theft--one of two unnamed sources for the story--told the Post that a small group of hackers had taken advantage of a flaw on T-Mobile's Web site.
The vulnerability let them into the accounts of Sidekick owners. After getting bored of bugging friends and acquaintances, and a spate of prank calls to "Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne, the group latched on Sidekick promoter Hilton as a prime target.
But the real key to the data heist was getting the goods on T-Mobile's customer account Web site, which one of the group winkled out of a T-Mobile sales rep by posing as a company supervisor, the teen said.
Some of the juvenile pranksters are also thought to have been involved in the theft of data from LexisNexis--a crime that seems to be being taken very seriously by federal investigators. According to another