A security technician from North Texas who worked at one of the larger companies has pleaded guilty to using his job to hack into home security cameras.
Telesforo Aviles, 35, had worked for the security firm ADT since 2003, according to a criminal information, a document used to charge Aviles.
“From in or around November 2015 to in or around March 202 in the Northern District of Texas, Aviles accessed customer’s ADT Pulse accounts and viewed customers’ security cameras installed inside and outside of the home without their authorization,” a factual resume of the offense says. “Sometimes Aviles would access these cameras for the purpose of sexual gratification.
“Sometimes Aviles would remember specific female customers that he found attractive and access their cameras later in the day……Aviles watched videos captured on the ADT Pulse application that depicted naked women and couples engaging in sexual activity inside their own homes, without the customer’s knowledge.”
Aviles downloaded 96 hundred videos, according the court paper. Employees were allowed to access camers for installation, but are required to remove that access once the installation is completed.
The charge carries a possible five year prison term.
“I think that he took the right avenue by waiving indictment which means that a grand jury doesn’t get to hear all the evidence and possibly return charges that could be more substantial or even more counts based on the number of times that he invaded these people’s privacy,” said attorney Ed Klein, KRLD legal analyst. “By pleading to an information, it allowed him to just have the one count and possibly avoiding a longer sentence.”
“The defendant used his position of employment to illegally breach the privacy of numerous people. The FBI works with our law enforcement partners to thoroughly investigate all cyber intrusions and hold criminals accountable for their actions,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno in a statement.
No sentencing date has been set.