30 Months In Prison For Denial Of Service Hit On Politicians' Websites

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

For all of those participating in the denial of service attacks being put together by "Anonymous," you might want to consider that a guy who took down various politicians' websites with DDoS attacks just got 30 months in prison -- along with over $50,000 in fines and 3 additional years of "supervised release." This certainly seems like punishment way out of line with the actual actions, but in this day and age of law enforcement and the legal system not really understanding technology, it's not all that surprising.

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    Free Capitalist (profile), 9 Nov 2010 @ 7:26am

    Re: Pretty serious crime

    Taking down a politician's web site is a pretty serious crime in a democracy because it is a direct attack on freedom of speech.

    In an ideal world I would agree taking down a politician's website, even for a while, would be very significant suppression of free speech.

    However, all of the affected politicians fall into the "no stand" paradigm, i.e., they did not bother to list their positions or explicit opinions regarding specific legislation. There are very few "two party" candidates who do bother to put their positions on their websites.

    In light of the absence of information or honest expression, I am left wondering just what, if any, detrimental effect these attacks actually caused.

    Still, he did the crime. That our judicial system favors the rich and powerful was a preexisting condition the hacker could have factored into his decision making process.

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