Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond Gets 10 Years In Prison
BY Evan Thomas
Internet activist and hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced Friday to the maximum 10 year prison term for hacking into the web intelligence firm Stratfor. Hammond pled guilty in May to one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, for stealing emails and credit card numbers from Stratfor’s databases. (Via Ars Technica) During the Stratfor hack and other attacks, Hammond worked with Hector Monsegur, perhaps better known as Sabu, who at the time was working as an FBI informant. (Via Softpedia)
This revelation led Hammond and others who have been watching his case to wonder if he was unwittingly taking direction from the FBI when he hit targets Sabu suggested, which included foreign government websites. (Via Sophos). Techdirt points out the information he gleaned ended up in the FBI's possession. "Basically, the FBI had Sabu tell Hammond to hack into the computers of foreign governments and now Hammond gets the book thrown at him because of that. It's a pretty neat trick: trick a hacktivist to break into the computers of foreign governments for you and then throw him in jail for ten years." - See more at: http://www.newsy.com/videos/anonymous-hacker-jeremy-hammond-gets-10-years-in-prison/#sthash.kEVHi17i.dpuf
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