Twitter Hacker Claims He's One of the Good Guys

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The real victim here might be Fancois Cousteix, an unemployed Frenchman who goes by the online handle "Hacker Croll." Sure, he's accused of hacking into Twitter and poking around the accounts of President Barack Obama and singers Britney Spears and Lily Allen, but he's a nice guy - just ask him .

"I'm a nice hacker," Cousteix told France 3 television on Thursday, a day after he was released from police questioning.

According to "Hacker Croll," there was no malicious intent, and in fact he wanted to warn Internet users about data security. By breaking into celebrity and high profile accounts. On Twitter.

"He says it's the challenge, the game, that made him do it," said Jean-Yves Coquillat, prosecutor in Clermont-Ferrand, where the suspect will go to trial in June for hacking.

Though he didn't profit from the hacked accounts, Cousteix stands to serve up to two years in prison and a fine of nearly $41,000 if convicted on the charge of breaking into a data system.

Tough break for such nice guy.

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