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Hacker admits stalking US singer
Chester Bennington
Linkin Park's current album Minutes to Midnight topped the US chart
A woman has admitted stalking the lead singer of American rock group Linkin Park and using US government computers to obtain his personal information.

Ex-laboratory worker Devon Townsend accessed Chester Bennington's e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail, intercepting messages and pictures.

She also called Bennington's wife and threatened her, investigators told a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 28-year-old could be jailed or fined heavily when she is sentenced.

Townsend, who worked for Sandia National Laboratories, accessed Bennington's details in the period between January and November last year.

Sensitive details

In a plea agreement, she said she was able to see the family's photographs and travel plans, as well as information about a home they had purchased.

She also read messages sent between Linkin Park's record company and lawyer, including a copy of the band's recording contract.

"On at least one occasion, knowing that Chester Bennington was in Arizona, I travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see him," Townsend admitted.

"While I was there, I monitored Chester Bennington's voicemails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating."

Court documents said that when investigators searched Townsend's home in Albuquerque, they found pictures of her with Bennington, along with Linkin Park posters and autographed merchandise.

No date has yet been fixed for her sentencing.

Rock group Linkin Park have won two Grammies and sold more than 50 million albums.


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