Judge Whacks Wi-Fi Hacker with 18-Year Prison Sentence

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winmaster

"Judge Whacks Wi-Fi Hacker with 18-Year Prison Sentence"

 

The things this guy did go WAY beyond Wi-Fi hacking to the point where it doesn't seem revelant on a tech website. Let us know when someone gets arrested for just "borrowing" thier neighbor's Wi-Fi.

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POMF2K

Aside from the kiddy porn, that all seems relatively harmless. I don't know if 18 years is warranted.  It's not like any sersious harm was done.  Then again, child porn is hardly "acting like an all around jackass."  My only thought would be that society gains little by locking this man up for 18 years.  I doubt he'll serve near that much, but I've no doubt he'll be pretty f'ed up once he is released.  Then maybe he'll become a real threat to the public. 

I enjoyed the comment about unplugging the router.  Remember these are everyday Americans.  Two Thirds rule. . .

I'm really curious as to what this guy's plea bargain entailed and why the hell he didn't take it.

 

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Annoyance

Want 18 years in Jail?

Here are the Utilities to put you there...

Nmap - discover IP's, open ports, and MAC addresses

Airodump - Aircrack - WiFi Cracking

outSSIDer - Hunt WiFi signals (Hotspots)

BackTrack 3 - Lockpick - multi-tool for cracking Wi-Fi. (#1 Utility)

NetStumbler - View any Wireless Network

Now for the packet Sniffer you'll have to google that Have fun!

 

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maleficarus™

To put this all into perspective: 5 years ago I made a huge mistake. I was drinking and driving (DUI). I was pulled over but I didn't stop. I tried to out-run the police ( Evade police). I then refused to blow a breath sample (extra charge). I was looking at 15 months. I was sentenced to 8 months max security. I served 5 and was released. I lost my licence for 3 years. I didn't hurt anyone or kill anybody. I didn't even damage my car. But I could have and so I paid the price for that. I applied for my full pardon which cost me $800 CAD and I have to wait for a total of 7 years for it to fully go through the system. My cell-mate at that time shot a person 6 times with a .38 in a packed bar, he pleaded guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to 15 years.

My point is, does the time fit my crime?. Does it fit his crime? Would it have been fair for me to be sentenced to 18 years? I don't think so...

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abowlofsoda

I call BS on this 'story'

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kixofmyg0t

Awwww.....Anonymous just lost another member, what a shame. 

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someuid

Anyone here find it stupid the family being pestered let it go on for 2 years and didn't bother to think "let's turn off the wireless router"?

Or the security consultant didn't suggest setting up a WPA secured network for the family to use, and left the WEP network up to assist in catching this guy?

And seriously - 2 years to figure out which of your 3 or 4 neighbors is doing this?

There is so much lame fail written all over this, it should be considered non-news.

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gruvsf

@someuid

you assume that this couple who were the victims know as much about wireless networking as you or I do, which clearly over estimates their capabilities

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Ghok

My only complaint would be if he had gotten a higher sentence based on the fact he used a computer to commit these offenses. There are some screwy laws on the book because of ignorant fear. You mention "hacker" in a courtroom and it often seems like the sentence doubles. These are however, pretty serious crimes that can cause a lot of damage. I am often critical on how the FBI always seems to get involved in even the most minor computer guy... but this guy did spoof a threat against the vice president, which they are forced to take seriously. I don't know, the sentence does seem on the high end to me... but they are also in no way minor crimes.

Guy also sounds pretty messed up. I'd have been more merciful. He needs jail time for what he's done; and for the protection of the public, he needs to be watched... but it also sounds like he needs a lot of help. Sounds like he's an unlikable guy who jerked his lawyers and the court around a whole lot, and I think that has something to do with his harsh sentence.

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I Like Turtles

And maybe because of the death threat to the VP of THE UNITED STATES.

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AnomalousEllipse

The FBI got involved because there was child porn.

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zNelson24

At first when I looked at the title, I was all "WTF!?". After reading it, I'd say good riddence. He commited libelous acts, made death threats, and uploaded child porn under someone else's name. And all for some little police report that wouldn't have the slightest effect on his life. "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

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maleficarus™

What he did deserved time for sure. But not 18 years. There are many people serving less time for second degree murder!! He deserved a 5 year sentance not 18 freaken years...

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JohnP

You gotta read deep into the PDF file to see that the sentencing was actually MODERATE of all things. The guy could have gotten as much as 528 months (44 years)! Child pornography alone is 7 years flat. Identity theft? 2 years. The list of crimes against this guy is huge, he had no remorse, and the only way to prevent him from doing it again is to lock him away for a long, long time.

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maleficarus™

Well here in Canada you only have to serve 2/3rd's of your sentence with good behaviour. So by my math he will be out in 12 years? Still 12 years is a very long time! I have a feeling he will come out worse then when he went in. I can almost see a double murder when he gets out....

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Caboose

Don't forget the "hug-a-thug" and the "2-for-1" time in pre-trial custody that people get here too.

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maleficarus™

No more 2-for-1 here in Canada. 1 day=1 day now...

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Caboose

Must just be Alberta then...

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gruvsf

if you read more about the story, the guy also did something similar to his previous neighbor because he was pissed off that they were taking up too much parking in front of the building, so I think the sentence reflects that he is quite a danger to society. More info here: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/07/wifi-hacking-neighbor-from-hell-gets-18-years-in-prison.ars

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dgrmouse

I wonder what kind of protection those of us who do not work at law firms might be afforded from these kinds of attacks.

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Darkside

Tormenting a family for nearly two years for a police report (regardless of what it was filed for) is both extreme and uncalled for.  IMO, he earned every second in prison.

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maleficarus™

Not 18 years dude...Put it into perspective. You can get a 15 year sentance for second degree murder. That is the taking of someones life! 18 years for what is basically extreme harassment is not cool. I can see this guy appealing the sentence and getting it reduced to around 5 years max security...

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Orlbuckeye

have his neighbor identified as a sex offender. Which he would be labeled as for a long time. He or his famly wouldn't be able to work where he wants or live  where he wants. What would the innocent father's punishment if they weren't able to prove that the neighbor did it.    

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Wingzero_x

No 18 years is fair, it's those 2 year sentences for murder (and other violent crimes) that needs to be fixed.

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roleki

If you get a few minutes, read the sentencing document.  He's not being sentenced solely for the crimes themselves, but for the manner in which he committed them and his level of cooperation with authorities once he was under indictment.  He broke the terms of his release on bail and coached witness testimony from inside prison.  Let's not forget the incident that led to him being reported to police in the first place, as well as his immediate access to CP.  Dangerous, unrepentant asshole deserves 18 years.  Deserves more.

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TommM

Sentence seems fine to me for what he did.  Trying to damage a family's credibility using kiddie-porn and threats to the VP of the United States?  It doesn't get too much worse than that.  And your report doesn't cover it all.  He cyber-attacked another family who dared to park their cars in front of his house.

I feel sorry for his kids, but in the long run, they're probably better off without that nut job as a "dad." 

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lindethier

Exactly. I can't believe the way this guy reacted. The uploading kiddie-porn and other crazy stuff he did is terrible. He deserves what he got.

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Peanut Fox

After two years you'd think he would have just let that go.  Seriously 707 days is a slow burn for a grudge. 

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