Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison — RT

Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison — RT

A pretrial hearing in the case against accused LulzSec hacker Jeremy Hammond this week ended with the 27-year-old Chicago man being told he could be sentenced to life in prison for compromising the computers of Stratfor.

Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday that he could be sentenced to serve anywhere from 360 months-to-life if convicted on all charges relating to last year’s hack of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a global intelligence company whose servers were infiltrated by an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

via Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison — RT.

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4 thoughts on “Anonymous hacker behind Stratfor attack faces life in prison — RT

  1. I’m not going to deny the gravity of Hammond’s crimes, but the absurdity of the threatened sentence and the context of the case itself are in my opinion undeniable. Later in this article, we find that Hammond was denied bail under the claim that he is a flight risk and danger to the public (whereas sex offenders are often offered bail, and despite the fact Hammond is on a terrorist watch list and has no passport). Furthermore, the presiding judge has a stake in the outcome of the trial, as her husband was a victim of the hacks (which she failed to report as lawfully obligated). I grant that Hammond’s actions were unethical, in compromising so much private data for abuse; however, I cannot possibly concede that his actions should be on a comparable scale (or held even worse to be) the crimes of sexual assault, physical assault, etc.

  2. I agree with the comment above on not denying Hammond’s crimes, but to put someone in jail for life because they were a hacker just shows how messed up our system is. I do not believe that someone who hacked into a server should be punished on the same extent that a murderer would. With that being said, you can still be a murderer and get less of a sentence than this hacker is looking to face. Is a human life not worth as much as a server? If anything, the company should be trying to hire him to help them figure out the flaws in their security.

  3. Had everything been handled correctly and lawfully, I believe that Hammond should be put in prison for a while (not life), seeing as he cost the company over $1.75 million (just on the settlement alone), and most likely wouldn’t be able to pay it back. If all you do to a hack like this is give him a slap on the wrist, what stops him from doing it again? However, their are things in this trial that to me sound like a mistrial, and he should be able to walk free. For the sole reason that the judge did not disclose that she was tied into the case via her husband, and she was the one that has allowed Hammond to be incarcerated for 8 months. Our system is flawed when Hammond can face life in prison, while someone who killed someone while driving under the influence is a hero in the sports world and received very little punishment.

  4. First of all, I have to say that the situation with the judge is really messed up, and might result in his walking away from this.

    From an ethical perspective though, I think that would be wrong. I’m not even sure if he should be allowed bail considering the fact that almost nothing is stopping him from committing a similar attack as soon as he walks out of where he’s being held. Life in prison may be a bit extreme, but I definitely think he should do hard time (maybe 25-35 years). Stealing and posting the credit card details of thousands of people is a serious crime and should be treated as such. I’m not saying it’s worse than murder…but I do think the scale of the crimes makes it very difficult to compare the two.

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