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Porn Hacker Jailed for Drugs

Published: March 26, 2010 (Issue # 1559)


MOSCOW — A Siberian hacker who streamed a pornographic film on an electronic billboard in central Moscow in January has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling marijuana, Life News reported Wednesday.

Igor Blinnikov, 41, was sentenced by a Novorossiisk court for selling 20 grams of marijuana to undercover narcotics officers in a sting operation last May, the report said.

Blinnikov was briefly detained at the time and released with a written promise not to leave town.

His porn stunt made national headlines in January when he hacked into a server of an advertising agency operating a billboard next to the Interior Ministry building on the Garden Ring.

Blinnikov inserted a two-minute clip with an interracial sex scene into the queue of video ads shown on the billboard, causing a traffic jam during the 20 minutes that it played.

Investigators tracked down the hacker — who used servers in Novosibirsk, Nalchik and Grozny to cover his tracks — a month later. Blinnikov told them that he had done it for fun.





 


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Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


SPIBA’s Breakfast with the Director event series continues as the association welcomes Andrei Barannikov, general director of SPN Communications, to the Anna Pavlova Hall of the Angleterre Hotel this morning at 9 a.m. Attendees must confirm their participation by Apr. 21.


The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.