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Former Stanford student sentenced for 'cyber stalking'

Original post made on Apr 29, 2013

A former Stanford University student was sentenced to four months in county jail after she pleaded no contest to hacking her ex-boyfriend's computer, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 29, 2013, 3:52 PM

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Posted by not stalking
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Stalking is when you snoop on your ex-girlfriend's Facebook posts. This lady was trying to sabotage the careers of multiple people, and apparently succeeded in at least one case. The plea deal sounds awfully light compared to the damage she did. I hope that all the victims agreed to it.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I hope they fire the president and the provost for allowing this to get to the point where it went to court.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hell hath no fury, like....

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Posted by WEL..
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Atleast this is the only thing that happened to this poor guy and friends. I bet he is happy he got out when he did, or accidently gotten her about dodging big ones.

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Posted by It's-Not-My-Fault
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

Since society is at fault, no doubt, in the minds of many--why was she given any jail time at all? What did she do wrong?

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

The sentence seems insufficient in view of the damage to the medical residency applicant's career. Hope the perp has to make monetary restitution to her victims.

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Posted by Toady
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

What does being a former Stanford student have to do with this story?

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Posted by Caroline
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

@Toady, what you said.

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Posted by stalking
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

@Toady - the implication is that most or all of the hacking involved Stanford computer accounts. The victims were also Stanford students.

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Posted by Annie
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

We are giving our High School CHILDREN smart phones which enable this stuff to happen. And worse when it comes to cyber-bullying leading to suicide.
Give the children a chance to grow up, learn self control, learn moderation.
We dont give children alcohol, or let them drive, or give them guns. Why do we give them the internet without supervision?
This was a college student. What about the children?
Give me one reason not to ban smart phones in high school?

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Posted by Rethinking
a resident of Ventura
on May 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

Annie, as this was an adult, I respectfully suggest we consider banning smart phones for adults, not high schoolers... Sheesh...

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Posted by Ex-victim
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

My son and I were cyber stalked several months ago, as well as being stalked in the traditional way by the cyber stalker. It was a very creepy experience, especially since the perp has not yet been caught, tho the police have some fingerprints from a threatening letter receive by snail mail

Sad part is that we know it is someone here in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

It gets a little tiresome when posters try to relate all these local news stories to life in Palo Alto. It's not relevant to kids in high school, blah blah blah. This was unusual & criminal enough that it negatively affected people, their careers & their futures.

I know of a woman in another country who's mentally disturbed. She has wreaked similar havoc on her attorney ex-boyfriend, his current girlfriend, also an attorney as well as a friend of mine here in the US. The latter involves allegations from her of fraud & her bank protects her, due to the laws where she lives. It's been nearly impossible to track her down & hold her accountable for the damage she's caused my friend. I'm glad that this woman was caught - just imagine how much more damage she could do as time goes on. Of course, this sentence - & her political connection - nearly guarantee she'll cause future damage to some other unsuspecting person. What does this mean? Must we investigate all new potential friends/coworkers/romantic partners?

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Posted by Luke White
a resident of Stanford
on May 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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Posted by TV Casting
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

I work for a production company that is producing a documentary about the topic of cyber stalking and online safety. It will be a cautionary tale.

If you have been involved in online activity that led to a scam, crime or stalking, please write to to tell us your story. You can remain anonymous.

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a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm


This article contains false and misleading information. To correct the record, Ms. Umberg's convictions are misdemeanors.

These events occurred 7 years ago. She pled no contest to two charges of disrupting computer services, and one count of altering computer data. The other charges were dropped because there was no evidence to support them. Ms. Umberg never "hacked" a medical residency application program and the Court found "no nexus" between Ms. Umberg's conduct and the medical residency of the other party.

In a 2012 letter to defense counsel from the District Attorney's office, the Deputy DA responsible for the case admitted that Mr. Serrano's comments were without any basis:
"As we have previously discussed, Al Serrato's discussion with the papers is one I was not privy to, and he has no knowledge of the case directly. Nor do the news reporters. ... In other words, this is a discovery request for something that does not exist and which you have been told does not exist."
The letter was in response to defense discovery request for any evidence or information supporting the false statements in the news article.

Ms. Umberg is currently a law student and has been advised that her actions in 2007 and expunged misdemeanors will not prevent her from becoming a member of the State Bar.

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Posted by OS CHENNAI
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Cyberstalking in Chennai, India was part of Organized Stalking / Gang stalking since 2008.Cyberstalking is spreading because of the low conviction rate and lenient sentences(four months in the above case) given by Judges.
Nice post .....

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