LulzSec Hackers Receive Prison Sentences for Cyber Hijinks

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LGA1156

20 months in jail, short lived fame, and maybe some cushy IT security positions in the future.

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ShadowGryphon

Hijinks?! breaking the law is not by any stretch of the imagination "hijinks".
Your credibility would be well served by USING A DICTIONARY from time to time.
This wasn't a harmless prank, this was a group of self-righteous idiots thinking they are above the law who would never get caught, engaging in actions that hurt more than some random company.

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The Mac

Is your humor detector in the shop?

Litotes and irony are common literary devices.

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PCWolf

Yet the Corporations who failed to protect customers information by failing to encrypt it, or had lame security measures in place, remain unpunished. Again, the Big Dogs get away with it, the Hackers get the jail Time.

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KenLV

"Yeah, that's what that bitch gets for dressing all sexy like! And that poor guy goes to jail for just doing what comes naturally..."

Geeze, do you guys even think before you start pressing keys?

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Engelsstaub

"Yet the Corporations who failed to protect customers information by failing to encrypt it, or had lame security measures in place, remain unpunished. Again, the Big Dogs get away with it, the Hackers get the jail Time."

...let me translate that another way for this sing-song mantra of bullshit that people keep reposting in defiance of all logic:

"Yet the father who failed to protect his home by failing to keep a really strong deadbolt on his front door, and had a lame easily-picked lock, remains unpunished. Again the Parents get away with it while the Burglars get the jail time."

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KenLV

I wonder, since the systems that they hacked were in other jurisdictions, can other countries, the US for example, get a wack at them after they get out???

Fingers crossed...

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sundropdrinker3

Probably not. However, those institutions could probably sue for compensation, but I don't know to what purpose as these guys probably have little to no money.

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KenLV

Yes, no money NOW. But when they and their roto-rooter-ed asses get out you take a taste for the rest of their lives if need be.

That's what happens when you commit a crime and get caught - you pay for it. The jail time takes care of the criminal aspect (along with whatever fines are imposed) but not the civil side.

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Danthrax66

I'm probably the only one that thinks the sentences are excessive. Maybe the people who maintained these websites should make them less shitty, if lulzsec can get to our passwords then half of Russia likely has them as well. Doesn't matter though they'll be working at a nice security firm once they get out.

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jgottberg

Couldn't agree more man... Car jackers should also be praised for raising awareness that auto glass should be break-proof. I mean, the victims had their doors locked, sure... but did they have bullet proof glass? No, you say?? They were just asking for their window to be smashed and their car stolen. In fact, when the car-jackers are released from prison, they should have an awesome job waiting for them....

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Goolashe

The problem with your comparison is that you're directly comparing something that has a relatively low cost of improving (web and password security) to something that has a high cost because of the physical properties of it (bullet-proof glass vs typical auto glass). If they just put a bit more effort and had higher standards when coding, or even just stricter password policies, such as having them changed every set number of days, they possibly could have avoided hacking. Car glass, on the other hand, is well known on how to be improved, but it is very costly to do, so corners have to be cut. Besides, cars typically have alarms on them these days if windows get broken, as well as needing a key to start the car. Granted, there are workarounds for both of those too, but it shows that they have made a series of cost-effective steps to securing a car instead of just throwing money at them and making the windows indestructible.

Besides, if you couldn't break the windows, you'd be really screwed if your car went in the water or you needed to get out without being able to open your door for some other reason.

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Engelsstaub

I don't see a problem with his comparison at all. Intended damage done is intended damage done. Making excuses for people who break the law by saying "they should have had better security" doesn't make the victim culpable for the crimes of a vandal, thief, or worse.

Leaving my car door unlocked isn't the cause of some scrote-bag stealing my stereo. They have no right to go in my car. Period. The law punishes them the same as if they had had to break in. No court is going to say I deserved it any more than if I had had the door welded shut.

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Engelsstaub

Sorry Danthrax: as a fan of both Death and Anthrax, I regret to inform you that I'm gonna have to lol at your comment too.

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quickone

Once they get out I'm sure they'll be making bank. They just hacked a few of the worlds largest companies and the CIA, scrutiny firms or the gov will be recruiting. Probably why the sentences were so light

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jnite

My brain does weird things to words when I'm scanning through my feeds. I thought the title said, "LulzSec Hackers Receive Poison Sentences for Cyber Hijinks."

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The Mac

While its nice to see these asshats behind bars, i also believe the sentence seems a bit light.

Additionally, if any of you know any hackers, you know they all have an undying belief that they will never be caught because they are smarter than everyone else. This being the case, im not sure how much of a deterrent any of this will be.

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jgottberg

"...they all have an undying belief that they will never be caught because they are smarter than everyone else"

I think that is true of all criminals, lol.

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The Mac

True....lol

hackers are particularly obnoxious about it.

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Engelsstaub

You have to understand why they have such a belief though:

"The only friends I have are screen-names and the only poon I'll ever see is also on my computer screen...if I wasn't so much smarter than everyone else I would have a really compelling reason to off myself."

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armyof1ne

More along the lines of "would take too long to find out who really did it, we are safe" sadly as we can see they were wrong. 1 thing to remember, if you think you are awesome, there is always someone out there better than you. The ones that got out of these issues are the ones that are smarter than the authorities, having these guys that got caught aren't always beneficial.
As for many well known hackers, they did have lives Engel. lol... though sadly that stereotype does tend to fit the masses.

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Engelsstaub

Oh you're back hey.

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armyof1ne

si... did you miss me?

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limitbreaker

LOL!! oh boy.... here we go again!

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jgottberg

LOL!

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The Mac

to quote jimmy: *gets popcorn ready for the comments*

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jimmthang

*gets popcorn ready for the comments*

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jgottberg

LOL!!

Don't forget to properly strech-out and warm-up that scroll finger... :)

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The Mac

and nachos...lol

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ApathyCurve

Hey, LulzSec... I'm laughing at your "superior intellect." (With apologies to Kapteen Kirk)

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Engelsstaub

I, for one, am grateful for the British Courts and their justice.

"Enjoy those criminal records that will follow you everywhere and for the rest of your lives, idiots. You're not anonymous anymore."

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shommy2002

I don't think that British justice was sufficient. Those sentences are a slap on the wrist for the severity of the crimes.

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jgottberg

Same here, love me some Britsh Justice :)

The sentencing seemed light in my opinion considering the collateral damage they caused... But, like you said, at least the idiots aren't anonymous anymore. LOL!!

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USraging

Seems like a little soft for what they did. Since the loss could be account for in the millions of dollar range.

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Ghok

Well, it's not like they stole millions of dollars, they caused mayhem that some would estimate cost millions of dollars to fix. It's the lack of concern for other people's privacy and harassment that I think is the bigger problem here (which is why the guy who rented out his botnet for who knows what purposes is getting the harsher punishment). They're also non-violent offenders without previous records, and prison is going to be pretty hard on them. They aren't likely to re-offend if they are given the chance to be rehabilitated, and these are exactly the type of criminals we want to rehabilitate instead of having them in and out of jail for the rest of their lives, costing the public money.

I'm not saying this verdict is too hard or anything - what they did was wrong and deserves real punishment... but if you think about it, I don't see how you can say it's soft. It should be pretty effective on these types of people.

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don2041

You should get to know THESE TYPE OF PEOPLE before saying the word "effective" Not all of them are little nerds.

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