Hactivist from Anonymous gets maximum jail term

Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond gets 10 years in prison

The self-described “hacktivist” receives the maximum sentence for his role in the massive 2011 Stratfor hack.

Hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for hacking into global intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting in December 2011.
The self-described “hacktivist” was handed down the maximum sentence in Manhattan federal court by Chief US District Judge Loretta A. Preska for his role in the massive Stratfor hack and other hacks. In May, Hammond pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — which lowered his potential sentence from a maximum of 35 years to 10 years.
“Yes I broke the law, but I believe sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change,” Hammond said in his sentencing statement, according to The Associated Press. He added, “I still believe in hacktivism as a form of civil disobedience.”
During the hack, Hammond, who had joined up with worldwide hacker group Anonymous, downloaded more than 5 million e-mails — which were published by WikiLeaks as the “Global Intelligence Files” — between Stratfor and its bevy of big-name clients. The e-mails revealed that Stratfor was hired by companies and government agencies to compile information on activists and infiltrate activist communities. Anonymous also published 860,000 e-mail addresses and 75,000 unencrypted credit card numbers on the Web, and it made at least $700,000 worth of unauthorized charges to credit card accounts stolen in the hack.
Supporters of Hammond had hoped for a shorter sentence. More than 250 letters were submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York expressing support for Hammond, and more than 4,000 signed an online petition asking that he be sentenced for time served. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also submitted a letter to the court, said ordering the maximum sentence of 10 years was too harsh.
“We’re very disappointed,” Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney for the EFF, said in a statement to CNET. “We think 10 years is way too long.”
The US government, on the other hand, argued that Hammond was a repeat offender and that prosecuting cybercriminals is a top priority.
“While he billed himself as fighting for an anarchist cause, in reality, Jeremy Hammond caused personal and financial chaos for individuals whose identities and money he took and for companies whose businesses he decided he didn’t like,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “He was nothing more than a repeat offender cybercriminal who thought that because of his computer savvy he was above the law that binds and protects all of us.”
Hammond, 28, was arrested along with several other hackers in March 2012 after being exposed by Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka “Sabu,” leader of hacking team Lulzsec. While the authorities were going after hackers in the Lulzsec hacking group at the time, they also picked up Hammond who was part of an Anonymous-affiliated hacktivist group called Antisec.


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8 Responses to “Hactivist from Anonymous gets maximum jail term”

  1. Anonymous says:

    ATTACKS ON WHISTLEBLOWERS CONTINUE The hacker was set up by Assange , assange is not genuine if he was he would have exposed the horrific abuses by Israel
    BTW Bill maloney of pie N mash films ignored death threats for some years from the gay community
    has been murdered
    It was on the cards he would bring in the Clay Shaw, Guy Banister David Ferre connection to flying boys over from London care homes for them to abuse

  2. NPP says:

    This is why whistleblowers are essential, because the mainstream media is so utterly stupid and useless:
    The Daily Mirror: quality journalism and objective reporting – can’t you tell?!
    My son’s David Icke obsession killed him but I’m proud that he made his own choices:
    This is shameless newspaper reporting. You don’t suppose they feel threatened by The People’s Voice going to air 24/7, starting 25 Nov?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Its a hoax that BIll Maloney murder thing
    Shirtlifters have been threatening to kill him for years, hes still alive.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bill Maloney .. Blloni. Foney …all north and south …..BD people …think he has done something …reality is he’s done Naff all …mouth and trousers …

  5. hey nice post mehn. I love your style of blogging here. The way you writes reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi’s blog: Things You Must Know When Starting Up Your New Business .
    keep up the good work.


  6. Anonymous says:

    This was misreported, they are death threats to Bill maloney, not that he WAS killed
    whistleblowers like Bill live with this every day
    the man is a hero, lets hope he can avoid the collaborators

  7. Anonymous says:

    Billy the heroe…..what next ….wake up and free ya mind ..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yet another in a long line of so-called “whistleblowers” who have the same people supporting them. This guy, like the others, is being publicly defended by the likes of Daniel Ellsberg (Council on Foreign Relations), Jesselyn Radack (GAP) which receives funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundation & the Rockefellers, and Julian Assange. Why is it that ALL of these whistleblowers have the same elitist connections? Something very fishy here.

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