March 1, 2007Reading TMCnet's Beverly Maniago's article on the two MySpace hackers this morning made me angry. Not the article...the lack of jail time for these two bottom-feeders. The two young men, aged 19 and 20 (I erased the original description of the pair I typed), tried to extort money out of MySpace and threatened to distribute code that would allow users to track other users (potentially giving personal information to dangerous stalkers, criminals, child predators, rapists, etc.) The two were nabbed in a sting operation by the Secret Service. (Luckily, they were the stupid kind of criminals.)
They avoided jail time and ended up with community service and fines. I'm sorry...when the Secret Service had to get involved, post-conviction, these two should have received a trip to the hoosegow. They're not children and they weren't jaywalking. They were willing to cause a great deal of mayhem for money.
Beverly's article is here: http://news.tmcnet.com/news/2007/03/01/2379311.htm
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