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2013 computer crime blotter

Bob Brown and IDG News Service | Dec. 17, 2013
Anonymous, LulzSec members and plenty of others sent to the slammer for exploiting technology and human flaws

* Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to two years in prison for hacking
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was sentenced  in June to two years in prison by a District Court in Sweden for multiple data intrusions, attempted aggravated fraud and aggravated fraud. An appeal reduced the sentence to one year

The data intrusion charge is related to the hacking of a mainframe belonging to Logica, now CGI, an IT firm that provided tax services to the Swedish government, and a mainframe of Nordea bank. The fraud charges stem from a number of attempted money transfers from accounts at Nordea, of which one was successful. Two of the attempts that were part of the case were dismissed. The receiving bank couldn't find a record of one transfer attempt, and the other transfer was interrupted, according to prosecutor Henrik Olin.

* Phishing gang jailed for plundering woman's $1.6 million life savings
A heartless phishing gang that stole and frittered a British woman's entire $1.6 million life savings on items including "gold and cheeseburgers" was handed heavy sentences in May by a judge at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Nominal ringleader, Nigerian national Rilwan Adesegun Oshodi, was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay back $1.6 million under the Proceeds of Crime Act, although this might prove difficult given that the stolen money has reportedly already been spent.

The man who phished the victim's bank account details and then sold the information to Oshodi, Egyption Tamer Hassanin Zaky Abdelhamid, was sentenced to six years and ordered to pay a heavy fine under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

(via John Dunn of Techworld)

* Four former LulzSec members sentenced to prison in the UK
Four British men associated with the LulzSec hacker collective received prison sentences in May for their roles in cyberattacks launched by the group against corporate and government websites in 2011.

Ryan Cleary, 21, Jake Davis, 20, Ryan Ackroyd, 26, and Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18, were sentenced Thursday in London's Southwark Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to charges of carrying out unauthorized acts with the intention of impairing the operation of computers.

Davis, who was known online as "Topiary," received a two-year prison sentence. He acted as a spokesperson for LulzSec, writing some of the hacker group's announcements and managing its website and Twitter account.

*Operator of German file-sharing site sentenced to almost four years in prison
A 33-year-old man was sentenced in May to three years and 10 months in prison by a German court for running the torrent site torrent.to between December 2005 and April 2008. He was sentenced by the local court of Aachen on April 30 for the commercial and unauthorized exploitation of copyrighted works, said the German Society for the Prosecution of Copyright Infringement (GVU) in a news release.

 

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