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UK Anonymous Hacktivists Get Jail Time 96

twoheadedboy writes "Two members of the Anonymous hacking collective have been handed a total of 25 months in prison. Christopher Weatherhead, a 22-year-old who went under the pseudonym Nerdo, received the most severe punishment — 18 months in prison. Another member, Ashley Rhodes, was handed seven months, whilst Peter Gibson was given a six-month suspended sentence. They were convicted for hitting a variety of websites, including those belonging to PayPal and MasterCard."
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UK Anonymous Hacktivists Get Jail Time

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  • Wow, pretty severe (Score:3, Interesting)

    by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:19PM (#42683977)

    I have zero sympathy for this kind of hacker, but that's a lot of time for a DDOS that apparently they didn't even execute if I read the charges right.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 24, 2013 @05:52PM (#42684317)

    No, we don't.

    You can keep prison-rape as a predominantly US phenomenon.

    I do have a question on the subject...

    Rape is terrible, we all know it's a horrible crime. Why when someone convicted of a crime, especially non-violent, is it suddenly a hilarious prospect?

  • Re:Yeah Right (Score:3, Interesting)

    by GumphMaster ( 772693 ) on Thursday January 24, 2013 @06:13PM (#42684549)

    The logic of ambit claims will goes like this (figures are examples only): the most revenue (not profit) we have ever taken in an hour is 1.5M, we were off-the-air for 2 hours (rounded up of course), therefore we 'lost' 3M. For that 2 hours our company-wide expenditure was 0.5M which was not bringing in money and therefore a 'loss'. Total 3.5M 'lost'. It, of course, completely ignores the massive spike in payments during the few hours after their system came back as the vast majority of payments that could not be completed in the outage were completed later anyway (that spike may even have driven the peak revenue figure used above). It also ignores the average global revenue for PayPal (USD1.54 billion Q4 2012 []) of about GBP 450,000/hr, the fact the majority of expense would have been incurred anyway and is not additional etc. etc. Usually ambit claims are made with the intent to negotiate down to something sane, but negotiation in criminal matters is something only corporations get to do.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.