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LulzSec Hackers Sentenced To Short Prison Terms 104

mask.of.sanity writes with news of the jail sentences for three members of LulzSec. From the article: "Three members of the hacktivist group LulzSec have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison. Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis and Mustafa al-Bassam were charged with attacks on the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Sony, Nintendo, 20th Century Fox and governments and police forces in a 50-day spree in the summer of 2011. Davis was sentenced to 24 months in a young offender's institution and he will serve half of the sentence. Al-Bassam received a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years and 300 hours unpaid work. Ackroyd was given a 30-month sentence; he will serve half. Cleary also pleaded guilty to possession of child abuse images following a second arrest on October 4, 2012. He will be sentenced at separate hearing." The Guardian has a short article on the remaining loose ends in the story of LulzSec.
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LulzSec Hackers Sentenced To Short Prison Terms

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    • by Hentes ( 2461350 )

      And don't believe people who tell you that you're anonymous.

      • I'd imagine the FBI got Sabu to flip when they caught wind of him leading to other arrests is how these things typically work.

    • ... when you're target is corporate or government.
    • The best way to not get caught, is to not do it.
      A very few hackers can actually make themselves untraceable. For the most part most of them just don't get hunted down because no one wants to put the resources to find them. Even with tough talk from Corporate Execs, and government officials, They usually just check to make sure the guy wasn't obviously dumb. But if they get hit hard enough to make tracking them down worth it, they could dig down and catch many more hackers who think they are doing a good

  • He's not mentioned in the summary.
  • Short prison terms? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Shimbo ( 100005 ) on Thursday May 16, 2013 @03:54PM (#43744303)

    These aren't short prison terms by UK standards. It's uncommon to get sentenced to more than two years for computer crime. [] Ryan Cleary, who got the longest sentence, apparently ran a large botnet for hire, when he wasn't doing it for the lulz. Bot herders tend to get treated relatively severely (rightly so IMHO).

    • Yeah, sneezing on someone can get you thirty years in prison in the US.
      • You forget to disable the hyperbole filter before posting. You best be careful with that, miss. Were you to post on the wrong topic, you could find a constable at the door, and yourself up on charges.

        . . . the very same words can be proof of two entirely different hate crimes. Iqbal Sacranie is a Muslim of such exemplary "moderation" he's been knighted by the Queen. The head of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal was interviewed on the BBC and expressed the view that homosexuality was "immoral," was

        • Those quotes are not "exactly the same thing," and Mark Steyn does not appear to be a very balanced commentator. Did you actually want to try a hand at a more serious debate or are we just sharing quotes from grumpy Torontonians?
        • The most important thing is to keep the investigators busy and let them have plenty of investigating to do.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      And none of these guys got sentenced to more than 2 years in prison. It's a misleading summary. It's less than 6 years if you add up all of their terms together.

    • by golodh ( 893453 ) on Thursday May 16, 2013 @05:12PM (#43744959)
      Agreed. I consider the sentences just about right and very fair.

      Only in the US could this be considered a "light" sentence, but then this is where we (collectively) are into "lets-always-mete-out-totally-disproportionate-punishment-to-individuals-hoping-that-it-might-make-others-think-twice".

      Not every country shares US values of callously destroying individuals to give the Law a veneer of menace.

  • So, if you wonder how the good hackers become bad hackers and start to work for it goes.
    • The hackers making money don't brag about their exploits. The hackers making money do not trust anyone they might correspond with on the Internet. The hackers making money are way more talented than these script kiddie knuckleheads who basically used known exploits against systems not up to date with the latest security patches.

  • by SoTerrified ( 660807 ) on Thursday May 16, 2013 @05:08PM (#43744921)
    Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't think the sentences are reasonable. However, given how insane recent sentences have been for any computer related crime, I fully expected all of them to get 50 years with billions of dollars of fines.
    • by Xest ( 935314 )

      They could still be extradited to the US. That could still happen.

      Hopefully not given that they've been charged, found guilty and sentenced here already.

      I wont hold my breathe though, I bet this isn't the end for them knowing how badly broken our extradition agreement with the US is.

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