One man is going to prison and a second is working for Denver-based Photobucket Inc. for free as punishment for creating software that extortionists used to steal people’s intimate images from the photo service.

U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel sentenced Brandon Bourret, 41, of Colorado Springs, to 29 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and to forfeit $49,153 cash plus computer equipment.

Bourret pleaded guilty earlier this year to computer, wire and identification fraud charges.

He was accused of creating a software program in 2008 that let people illegally access the private image-storage accounts of Photobucket customers. The software was used by people in search of nude or sexually explicit pictures, some of which Bourret posted on a website.

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