Melbourne woman Kylie Gardner marries US hacker "w0rmer" and crosses FBI with naked "pwnd" picture

A MELBOURNE woman who teased the FBI with revealing pictures of herself and which ultimately led to the capture of her computer hacker boyfriend has moved to America and married him.

Kylie Gardner, 33, from Wantirna South, gave up her job as an immigration officer and wed Higinio Ochoa, 31, in a roadside chapel in Texas.

It was her scantily clad photos, posted online with signs taunting the authorities, which inadvertently led to Ochoa's capture.

He was wanted for hacking into five US law enforcement websites and releasing the home addresses, home telephone numbers and mobile phone numbers of police officers.

Investigators did not know who he was until extracting data from one of the saucy snaps which pinpointed where it was taken - Kylie's home address.

FBI agents monitored her social networking postings and uncovered the relationship with Ochoa and put his flat under surveillance before arresting him in a dawn raid.


Ochoa was sentenced last month to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $A13,770.

Speaking for the first time, Kylie told the Herald Sun Ochoa asked her to pose with the messages but she had no idea what the pictures were to be used for, until after his arrest in March.Kylie Gardner
She claims since getting married in April, Ochoa is a changed man who has turned his back on hacking and wants to start a family in Australia.

Kylie slammed the sentence as excessive because Ochoa would not reveal the identity of others in a hacker group, Anonymous.

"We watched as paedophiles and violent criminals got six-month sentences and then when Hig's case came up, the judge said he needed help just to turn his computer on," Kylie said.

"The prosecution were saying what Hig was doing was complex, but it wasn't, and that's the point.

"Hig would hack in then email the agency detailing what he had done and how he had done it so they could fix it and keep data safe, but when he didn't get a response he posted information from the sites as a 'stuff you' kind of thing.

"He didn't do anything for his personal gain and it wasn't sophisticated, but now he will spend two years in jail."


Kylie met Ochoa through an online technology help forum on February 4. He was arrested on March 21 and Kylie flew to America on April 1. They married just six days later.

Ochoa - who is yet to start his prison sentence - said he thought he was undertaking "a greater good" when hacking.

"I wasn't just running amok, it was for a greater good. I thought I had a moral obligation. I wasn't stealing credit card details, I was exposing a system and telling them how to put it right," he said.

"I did my part to save the world but that's all behind me now."

He said the hardest part would be being without Kylie, whom he hopes will take over his computer consultancy firm when he's inside.

"I've got the dream girl and I want to move to my dream country when all this is over and start a family," he said.

"I have changed and grown more then I ever thought I would." 

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Congratz bro with your marriage