US Hacker Gets 10 Years
Jeremy Hammond of Chicago worked with Anonymous
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 5:33 PM CST
Jeremy Hammond in a police photo.   (AP Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Department, File)

(Newser) – A 28-year-old hacker from Chicago who worked with Anonymous got hit with the maximum 10-year sentence today for a series of high-profile cyberattacks, reports the Chicago Tribune. Jeremy Hammond's attorneys presented letters of support from more than 250 people—including Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsburg—but the judge said his long history of hacks (like this of intelligence company Stratfor and this of Arizona police officials) made him deserving of the maximum penalty sought by prosecutors. They cited chatroom logs in which Hammond said he hoped to create "financial mayhem" with his attacks, reports AP.

But now “I think my days of hacking are done," Hammond told the Guardian just before sentencing. "That's a role for somebody else now." In his statement to the court, Hammond said he "targeted law enforcement systems because of the racism and inequality with which the criminal law is enforced." (Read it in full here.) He got arrested after linking with a well-known hacker-turned-informant called Sabu. “It is kind of funny that here they are sentencing me for hacking Stratfor, but at the same time as I was doing that an FBI informant was suggesting to me foreign targets to hit," he says in the Guardian interview. "So you have to wonder how much they really care about protecting the security of websites.”

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Nov 18, 2013 5:43 AM CST
Arrogance is the hacker's AIDS... Smart hackers don't get locked up and whatever is brewing right now will be big. Cover your heads people.
Nov 16, 2013 5:09 AM CST
This is just another crazy sentence in a country that already has 2.5 million people in jail, wasting the adult life a young guy who probably acted partly out of idealism (perhaps misplaced but...).All this whilst the big guns of snooping go free and American multinationals shows zero respect for mortal individuals, by not contributing to the tax bill, fighting evidence of environmental damage, lobbying for lax gun controls etc etc.This country has lost its balance between the power owners and the ordinary citizens.As an aside, in Sweden there are roughly 50 prisoners per 100 000 habitants. That number in the US is an astonishing 720.
Nov 16, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Financial mayhem, huh? I guess he learned a valuable lesson: don't f*ck with the money .