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Cable Porn Hacker Pleads Guilty

12:30 PM -- An Arizona man accused of inserting a 37-second porn clip into the 2009 Super Bowl broadcast between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers pled guilty on two counts of computer tampering, AP reported Thursday.

As a reminder, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) subs in Tucson watching the big game on KVOA in standard-def got the big surprise. Comcast offered a $10 credit to all 80,000 subs in the area. (See Super Bowl Interruptus .)

Making an already strange case even stranger, Frank Tanori Gonzalez, the man accused of performing Super Bowl-interruptus, was a Cox Communications Inc. employee who "was working as a liaison with Comcast at the time of the incident," the AP noted, citing authorities. You just can't find good help anymore.

He pled it down to three years' probation and a $1,000 fine. The charge will be downgraded to a misdemeanor from a felony if Frankie-boy can keep it on the straight and narrow.

Seems like a slap on the wrist for something that made Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII look like a bit of child's play.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

craigleddy 12/5/2012 | 4:50:44 PM
re: Cable Porn Hacker Pleads Guilty

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "cable penetration." Maybe the Super Bowl viewers thought it was a new Viagra ad. Or that somebody switched the channel to Animal Planet.


Thanks for posting this, a perfect story to end the work week.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:50:44 PM
re: Cable Porn Hacker Pleads Guilty

Thanks, I'm sure we could riff on this one all day.  We'll have to do that over a beer, or four ... JB

sigint 12/5/2012 | 4:50:42 PM
re: Cable Porn Hacker Pleads Guilty

Did this go to trial, or just a plea bargain? If it did go to trial, the prosecution must have established a "motive". It would be interesting to find out what that was?


Seriously though, this amounts to commercial sabotage. I am puzzled at to why Comcast took it so lightly.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:50:41 PM
re: Cable Porn Hacker Pleads Guilty

I believe it was just a plea bargain.  I'd also wonder what the motive for this was, other than causing trouble and seeing if he could get away with it. JB




 
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