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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking 149

Posted by timothy
from the just-think-what-that-is-in-minutes dept.
angry tapir writes "A US court has sentenced a Venezuelan man to 10 years in prison for stealing and then reselling more than 10 million minutes of Internet phone service. Edwin Pena, 27, was convicted in February of masterminding a scheme to hack into more than 15 telecommunications companies and then reroute calls to their networks at no charge. He must also pay more than US$1 million in restitution, and will be deported once his sentence is served."
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Man Gets 10 Years For VoIP Hacking

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  • Que PENA Amigo! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by xtracto (837672) on Monday September 27, 2010 @08:22AM (#33710204) Journal

    Well "Es Una Pena" (it is a SHAME) that he committed such a crime, but it is also shameful that none of the several articles mention his real last name which is PEÑA (with an Ñ).

    let's see how /. copes with that... *click preview*

    It seems ok..

  • by icebraining (1313345) on Monday September 27, 2010 @08:28AM (#33710256) Homepage

    Use electronic tagging. Help him get a job (any job, even crappy, he doesn't get to choose, obviously), subtract X% every month to make him pay the money.

    Advantages:
    1) Costs less money - he pays for his own bills, like food and electricity, and can pay X per month to support the tagging system
    2) At least some of the money will actually be paid back
    3) He won't live among violent criminals, which would probably make him one.

  • by kevinNCSU (1531307) on Monday September 27, 2010 @09:22AM (#33710812)

    I think that means it should never be applied to promote rehabilitation. As in, you shouldn't sentence someone to prison to rehabilitate them. This is 100% correct. If rehabilitation is your main goal you send them to counseling or some other form of actual rehab, not prison. Prison is for punishment.

    That being said, however; Once an offender IS in prison to serve his punishment he should still be offered a program or help to have a chance to be rehabilitated and functional member of society once his punishment duration is served. It's just he shouldn't be sent there for that express purpose.

  • Re:Should he be... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Guppy06 (410832) on Monday September 27, 2010 @09:46AM (#33711112)

    "There are murderers that serve a shorter sentence!"

    Name one person who was found guilty of murder in the US who got a shorter sentence.

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