Hacker Jeremy Hammond Faces Up To 10 Years in Prison

Prosecutors are pushing for the
10 year maximum sentence for Jeremy Hammond, who is accused of
large-scale hacking crimes against a private intelligence firm.
Hammond will be sentenced this Friday.

Hammond pleaded guilty to a
conspiracy charge
, one of three charges brought against him in
2012 in the U.S. District Court Court for the Southern District of
New York. He and four other members of the hacking network
Anonymous were
of hacking and leaking emails from the private
intelligence company Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor).

Hammond turned the documents over to Wikileaks for publication.
The emails contained information about the Stratfor itself,
including potential
insider trading
domestic spying
, as well as information about international
affairs and individuals, such as Julian Assange and Osama bin

Although the judge overseeing the case initially suggested
that Hammond could face life imprisonment, the 28-year-old hacker
made a plea deal for a 10 year maximum. His co-defendants, who were
located and tried in the UK, received comparatively lenient
sentences. The harshest was roughly two and a half years in prison;
the lightest was 200 hours of community service.

Hammond, who created HackThisSite, which hosts hacking
simulations, and has committed numerous controversial hacking

, like his one against conservative pro-war group
Protest Warrior, has people divided. Some believe him to be a
serious criminal. Others consider him an anti-war hacktivist hero.
Wired reports on the prosecution’s

Contrary to the picture he paints of himself … Hammond is a
computer hacking recidivist who, following a federal conviction for
computer hacking, went on to engage in a massive hacking spree
during which he caused harm to numerous businesses, individuals,
and governments, resulting in losses of between $1 million and $2.5
million, and threatened the safety of the public at large,
especially law enforcement officers and their families

On the other hand, organizations like the Electronic Frontier
Foundation suggest that Hammond’s actions “benefit the public
good.” They are among
groups and individuals that have written to the judge in
defense of Hammond. EFF contends that the punishment Hammond
faces outweighs the crime, and that the hacker’s motivation should
be considered. It “is a crucial fact,” EFF explains
“actions were not done out of malice or intent to gain financially,
but with an eye towards revealing uncomfortable truths about the
private intelligence industry.”

from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/13/wikileaks-and-anonymous-affiliated-hacke

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