Face Behind The Name: Meet Joshua Holly, Suspected Miley Cyrus Hacker
Meet Joshua Holly.
The Tennessee man, 21, was named Friday in a felony information charging him with possessing roughly 200 stolen credit card numbers. Holly, who was arrested December 30 on a federal criminal complaint, has agreed to a waiver of indictment, which often signals that a defendant has agreed to plead guilty.
Pictured at right in a United States Marshals Service mug shot, Holly is scheduled for a February 11 appearance in U.S. District Court in Nashville.
Holly first gained notoriety in 2008 after he admitted to hacking pop star Miley Cyrus’s e-mail and MySpace accounts. According to an FBI affidavit, Holly (using the alias “TrainReq”) stole and distributed racy images of Cyrus, who was then a minor. Holly, who has earned six figures sending out spam messages, has not been charged with the incursion into Cyrus’s accounts
Though Holly told TSG last February that he had stopped hacking after the FBI raided his home, he continued to brag about his assorted illegal exploits in online forums like Digital Gangster. If convicted of the credit card count, Holly faces up to ten years in jail and $250,000 in fines.