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William Genovese is an American hacker who goes by the moniker illwill. Federal authorities charged Genovese with unlawful sale of a trade secret (US Code Title 18, section 1832) for selling the incomplete Microsoft source code. His sales were ill-fated, taking place, respectively, to Microsoft investigators and federal agents.
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In 2005, Genovese was convicted of the unlawful sale of a trade secret. The code Genovese sold was widely distributed on the Internet prior to his sale. Following an investigation, Genovese was arrested in November 2004. In January 2006, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
In 2005, Genovese used his website as a platform to harass his victims using the images from T-Mobile Sidekick user's phones that he obtained from a hacker, Nicolas Jacobsen. Reportedly, the images were obtained by hacking into a database, and obtaining the passwords of Sidekick-toting celebrities from the hacked database, then entering their T-Mobile accounts and downloading photos they'd taken with the cellphone's built-in camera. The images included celebrities such as Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton.
Genovese is also mentioned in news articles, in connection with the notorious internet leak of Paris Hilton's mobile phone address book and Fred Durst's sex tape leak.
Since his release in 2008 Genovese completed his probation successfully. He has continued to be involved in the computer security industry with contributions to the Metasploit project and a security conference in 2011 eXcon and B-SidesCT. Genovese now helps run a 501(3)(c) non-profit Hackerspace in Meriden, Connecticut called NESIT, which offers the public free classes on various network security topics, personal internet safety, and building embedded electronic projects, 3-D Printing and design, and offers a virtualized pen-testing network where users can safely attack and penetrate various live machines in a safe lab environment.