March 30, 2007

Hacked Nude Snapshots End Up on Internet

A Missouri woman learned the hard way that nothing stored on a computer is private when photos documenting her pregnancy appeared on the Internet.

Jessica Robinson, press secretary to Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she realized something was wrong when she began getting obscene telephone calls at work.

It's devastating, she said.

Robinson's husband took the nude pictures while she was pregnant in 2003 and 2004. The couple's son was born that May.

Someone apparently hacked into their computer and found the photos stored on the hard drive. They turned up on pornographic sites in late 2004 along with personal information about Robinson.

An investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol failed to find the person who hacked the computer.

Recently, some of the pictures have been circulated around the state house. Ed Martin, Blunt's chief of staff, in a memo circulated to legislators blamed the governor's Democratic opponents, something they deny.