Hacking Rhetoric

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After our in-class research over the Hack This Site webpage, I decided to do a little more research on its founder Jeremy Hammond.  Apparently, Hammond received a jail sentencing for a “damaging, politically motivated computer intrusion at the private intelligence firm Stratfor in 2011.”  This hacker obtained 60,000 credit card numbers and 5,000,000 emails.  He then forwarded this information to the infamous group Anonymous who then used these credit cards to obtain $700,000.  What they did next was a bit surprising.  Instead of keeping all the money to themselves, they donated it to non-profit groups.  It sounds much like the case of Robin Hood to me (stealing from the rich and giving to the poor).  After Hammond’s sentence was revealed, there was much backlash.  Many of his supporters claimed that the sentence should be reduced and that the judge was biased because her husband was a victim of the hacked emails.  The judge, Preska, denied this being a deciding factor in her decision and Hammond’s lawyers were unsuccessful in trying to get a new judge.  Hammond was eventually sentenced to a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release.

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