Anonymous, LulzSec Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison
In one of the strongest punishments yet handed down for a “hacktivist,” Anonymous member Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years in prison by a federal court this week. Hammond had previously pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking conspiracy.
Hammond, 28, of Chicago, was tried in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, and sentenced by Chief US District Judge Loretta A. Preska. Preska gave Hammond the maximum sentence, telling him he was not a civil rights defender or whistleblower, as his defense had argued. Had Hammond not pleaded guilty, he would have faced a maximum of 35 years in prison.
Many of the charges deal with Hammonds role in hacking into and releasing private information from global intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting. Hammond’s defense and supporters claim the information revealed that Stratfor was hired by government agencies to spy on activists.
During the hack, Hammond and others also published email addresses and credit card numbers, which were used to make at least $700,000 in unauthorized purchases.
Hammond was picked up in a large sweep of hacktivists in March 2012. The individuals were exposed after LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, was arrested by the FBI and agreed to cooperate with them.