Read the Idiotic Chat Logs of a Hacker Who Just Got Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Alanzo Knowles, right. Courthouse sketch by Christine Cornell
Alanzo Knowles, right. Courthouse sketch by Christine Cornell

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for hacking celebrities, social security numbers, nude photographs, and trying to sell scripts for popular movies and TV shows. As The New York Times notes, his five year sentence is almost twice the suggested federal sentencing guidelines for hacking.

According to the initial complaint, Alonzo Knowles hacked multiple celebrities, and then arranged a deal with an undercover FBI agent to fly to New York and sell scripts for $80,000. Knowles showed remorse when he pled guilty in May, apologizing and admitting he had done wrong.

It’s unclear exactly what celebrities Knowles hacked, as their names are redacted in court documents. But the documents say that Knowles had hacked major ones, and stolen scripts from hit TV shows. Knowles gained access to his victim’s computers by sending them malware, or by using good ol’ fashioned phishing attacks, court documents say.


The most hilarious part of this case are the sociopathic emails Knowles wrote from jail to an unidentified woman:

AK: ….And with the book im on some dgaf type way…Im name dropping everyone involved and what I know and im including pictures of paperwork that aint public. I’m charging $35 I think its gonna be worth it. This gonna be the most talked about thing on tv and im gonna hack people twitter to promote it lol lol….

[Woman]: …lol u coming out to be a savage eh? Lmfao exposing everyone…

AK: …and yahh it aint really to expose people its just to make money.. everyone loves gossip. I cant wait to get out i already know how the cover is gonna look…

And chat logs obtained from an iPad show that even before he was locked up Knowles bragged to a friend about hacking a professional athlete:

AK: And I just crack one [Professional Sports League] player card

Friend: Das free money

Friend: Lol

Friend: Facts

AK: You know [the Athlete]?

Friend: Yeah for [Sports Team]

AK: Yah him I ain use it yet tho

Friend: Lol AK: He make 2 millions this year gotta be strategic with it Friend: Lol how tho A

K: I hack his girl phone

Friend: u is a cold lion

AK: [Blank]

AK: Platinum card too it black

Friend: “If you a hustler then do what you do, you trynna get fed I can’t take that from you”


It seems Knowles also boasted about talking to a “white man in a suit with this big money” who, it turns out, was actually an undercover FBI agent.

AK: Dis big money.

AK: You know if I on [FaceTime] with a white man in a suit this big money.

Friend: Forreal.

AK: I then looking at the new bmw

Friend: [Expletive] ain’t wasting no time

According to court documents, Knowles used the following email addresses:;;; and


At least he’s smart about coming up with good email addresses.

[The New York Times]


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He blows my mind that someone who (from the chat logs) appears to be just a lowly GED educated, McDonald’s fry cooking, government supported idiot can be that good with computers. Surely he’s just some script kiddie, right?