Friday, November 15, 2013

Ten years imprisonment for the Stratfor hackers - Spiegel Online

New York – A federal court in New York has sentenced the 28-year-old Jeremy Hammond on Friday due to hacker attacks to ten years in prison. The most spectacular collapse of the Anonymous activist was at the consulting firm Stratfor in 2011, in which he could copy five million e-mails with confidential content.

Stratfor provides strategic information for government agencies and companies. The e-mails of the private intelligence service are published by WikiLeaks since then. In addition, Hammond, who called the Internet Anarchaos had copied around 60,000 credit card information. With these data, according to the indictment at least $ 700,000 were donated to charitable organizations.

Overall, the damage caused by Hammonds hacker attacks according to the indictment should have run as high as $ 2,500,000. The data of 850,000 people were affected, the government. Hammond had confessed to him in May alleged hacker attacks on companies and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

investigators had taken the politically motivated hackers in the past year. They were helped an insider who had switched sides and helped with the infiltration of the hacker group Anonymous and LulzSec: Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as Sabu. LulzSec had drawn among other servers of the CIA, the U.S. Senate and Sony affected. The group was disbanded in June 2011. Four LulzSec members had a British court sentenced in May this year, in part to several years of imprisonment.

presented in the process Hammonds lawyers represent him as a political activist who had been worried about the role of companies in the collection of confidential information. They had called for a prison sentence of 20 months – as long as Hammond was sitting at the time of sentencing already behind bars


Without his confession the hacker could get from Chicago up to 15.5 years in prison. With the confession that now imposed ten years in prison, the maximum allowable maximum penalty that could impose the federal court in Manhattan.

In court, Hammond said: “Yes, I have broken laws, but I believe that sometimes laws need to be broken, so that changes are possible.” But his time as a hacktivist were over. His full statement was published on the Internet. More than 250 supporters had written to the court. Among them is Daniel Ellsberg, a prominent whistleblower who had copied the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.

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