Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb announced Friday a Massachusetts man was charged with cyberstalking a 24-year-old female, he former roommate and her family and friends.
Twenty-four-year-old Ryan S. Lin of Newton allegedly ran a cyberstalking and hacking scheme that began in April 2016 and lasted until October 2017. The scheme included the victim, her friends, family and institutions that were associated with her. Lin hacked the victim’s devices and online accounts and stole her personal information, photos and diary entries that contained details about her sexual, psychological and medical history, according to court documents.
Lin shared the victim’s personal information and private photos with hundreds of other people. He created bogus profiles in the victim’s name using her home address and photos. He “solicited rape fantasies, including “gang bang” and other sexual activities, which in turn caused men to show up at her home,” according to court records.
“Mr. Lin allegedly carried out a relentless cyber stalking campaign against a young woman in a chilling effort to violate her privacy and threaten those around her,” Weinreb said in a statement. “While using anonymizing services and other online tools to avoid attribution, Mr. Lin harassed the victim, her family, friends, co-workers and roommates, and then targeted local schools and institutions in her community. Mr. Lin will now face the consequences of his crimes.”
“Those who think they can use the Internet to terrorize people and hide behind the anonymity of the net and outwit law enforcement should think again,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “The Department of Justice will be relentless in its efforts to identify, arrest, prosecute, and punish the perpetrators of these horrendous acts and seek justice on behalf of their victims.”