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10 Year Prison Term Sought for Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:14:01 +0000 (UTC)
By Kevin Poulsen
Anonymous hacktivist Jeremy Hammond should receive the maximum 10 year
prison term for defacing law enforcement and corporate websites and
stealing 200 gigabytes of email and 60,000 credit card numbers from a
private intelligence firm, prosecutors argued in a court filing today.
“Contrary to the picture he paints of himself … Hammond is a computer
hacking recidivist who, following a federal conviction for computer
hacking, went on to engage in a massive hacking spree during which he
caused harm to numerous businesses, individuals, and governments,
resulting in losses of between $1 million and $2.5 million, and threatened
the safety of the public at large, especially law enforcement officers and
their families,” the government wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
Hammond is scheduled for sentencing in New York on Friday before U.S.
District Judge Loretta Preska. The 28-year-old Chicagoan pleaded guilty
earlier this year to the keystone attack of the short-lived
Lulzsec/AntiSec era: a damaging December 2011 intrusion into the servers
of the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc., where
Hammond bulk-deleted files and stole 5 million private email messages,
which he gave to WikiLeaks.
Unlike most large-scale hacks these days, Hammond’s intrusions were
strictly not-for-profit. Hammond has a long history of liberal activism
and direct action, including work for the anti-war group Food Not Bombs.
In 2006 he was sentenced to two years in custody for hacking the website
of a right-wing group. While in jail for that hack in 2008, he heard about
Anonymous and became intrigued, his lawyers said in a court filing this
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- 10 Year Prison Term Sought for Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond InfoSec News (Nov 14)