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CA man used Facebook to hack women's e-mails

In this undated photo provided by the California Attorney General's office, George Bronk is shown. Bronk admitted using personal information he gleaned from Facebook to hack into dozens of women's e-mail accounts across the nation and overseas. The California attorney general's office says the 23-year-old would scan the e-mails for nude and seminude photos and videos that he often forwarded to the victim's entire e-mail address book. (California Attorney General's office)

January 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A Sacramento man has admitted to stalking dozens of women in the U.S. and England by tracking their Facebook accounts.George Bronk, 23, told investigators that he looked for Facebook profiles where women posted their e-mail addresses.

He studied those accounts for answers to common security questions, like favorite colors or a parent's middle name, and then used the information to hack into the women's e-mail accounts.

He convinced one woman to send him naked pictures by threatening to share sensitive information with her e-mail contacts.

Bronk, who lives in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven felonies in Sacramento County Superior Court, including computer intrusion, false impersonation and possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors are seeking a six-year prison term when Bronk returns for a sentencing evaluation March 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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