College staffers hacked girls’ laptops to steal nude photos: suit – New York Post

A Bronx college had its own “Freak Squad” of tech workers who hacked student and employee computers to steal porn and intimate images, according to a lawsuit.

Four men in the Academic Computing Center at Hostos Community College admitted breaking into the personal laptops of female students to steal naked pictures and videos, one of their alleged victims claims.

Natalie Suriel, 21, was at a party in October 2014 when Carlos Peralta started asking about piercings “on [her] nipples and down there,” she says in a legal filing. Suriel and Peralta both worked at the computing center.

Peralta’s questions shocked Suriel, she says, since she never discussed her piercings at work and the body jewelry was “something that her co-workers would have had no way of knowing” about.

Peralta then invited her into the bathroom and told her “if she did have the piercings he described, that she would have to ‘s–k [his] d–k,’ ” Suriel charges in a Manhattan federal lawsuit filed Friday.

A month later Peralta and another co-worker, Luis Acosta, were “openly discussing” Suriel’s sexuality and calling her “sexually freaky,” she says.

Another computing center staffer eventually tipped Suriel off that her password-protected personal laptop had been hacked by Peralta, Acosta, and two others.

They downloaded “certain files depicting intimate encounters . . . they also misappropriated private, personal information of other students who left their personal laptops at the Center . . . [and] of other female employees who left their personal laptops at the Center,” Suriel charges.

Suriel believes the creepy quartet grabbed her laptop after she was called away to investigate a computer problem elsewhere on campus.

She says when she confronted Acosta and two co-workers, Alejandro Cabral and Kirnold Mena, the men denied stealing Suriel’s pictures and videos. But Mena admitted to Suriel “that he often accessed the computers of female students who came into the Center without their permission to ‘steal’ pictures and videos from their computers,” she claims.

The tech-support sleazeballs broke into the e-mail and social-media accounts of students who hadn’t properly logged out, and stole thumb drives with pornography, according to the lawsuit.

Suriel, an electrical-engineering major at Hostos who took the computer-center job to help pay tuition, said the school ignored her complaints for months then attempted to eliminate her job in a round of cost cutting.

That decision was later reversed after her attorney got involved, she says.

The four men were fired in May.

Hostos denied ignoring the allegations.

“The college immediately investigated this matter, referred it to the appropriate authorities and took appropriate action against those involved,” spokesman Richard Pietras said.

The men could not be reached.

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