'Hacktivist' who breached 2 Utah websites sentenced to 3 years in prison

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  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Sept. 13, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    How about getting some money back from the person who wrote the original code? Obviously, his abilities were questionable and he needs to be held accountable just like any other professionable business would be.

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    Sept. 13, 2013 3:27 a.m.


    "After he gets out some company will probably hire him for network security for pretty good money."

    Why? Because he is so trustworthy?

    JT, does everything have to be a conspiracy?

    I am glad that these costly crimes are now starting to get serious sentences. Hacker and activist cost our society HUGE amounts of waste expenditures.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    After he gets out some company will probably hire him for network security for pretty good money.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Someone was evidently really hacked off about this. As to the nearly quarter million dollars to "harden" the site . . . I think someone saw an opportunity here to feather their own nest a bit more. Happens ALL the time with ALL levels of government. Every little change or investigation results in astronomical unexpected, un-budgeted expenses for . . . you guessed it! Us taxpayers.

  • Archie1954 Vancouver, BC
    Sept. 12, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    If this kid was brilliant and talented enough to hack the police websites, as soon as his sentence is over he should be hired to design protection for the police so others don't do the same thing.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Sept. 12, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Samhill: "Two years is not enough for this jerk."

    That's why he got three.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    Two years is not enough for this jerk.

  • mjkkjk Nowhere, 00
    Sept. 12, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Wait, what? How does one cause $226,000 in "website repairs?" Did he change the source code? If so, restore it from backup.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not supporting this kid's actions in any way, but it sounds like the truth is that this kid helped the SLCPD identify major security holes that cost $226,000 in consulting services to fix. However, it that's the case, this kid was not the cause of the cost. Those holes existed regardless.

    Also, how in the world did it cost $226,000 to harden a website?!? Who are they paying that much money to to adjust server settings and improve poor coding?

    Maybe there's more to the story?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    It's a good thing that he's repentant and getting the help he needs.

    IMO this kid is no different than Tim DeChristopher. Both knew what they were doing was against the law. Both were convicted. Both served time.

    I think it's a shame that some honor DeChristopher's crimes by taking his name upon them.

    I hope no kid decides to emulate either of them and take their philosophical disagreements to the level of thinking it's OK to commit crimes to forward your political agenda.

    Lesson learned... Crime NEVER pays (even if it advances your political agenda)