Darnell Albert-El, a former IT director with telecoms firm Transmarx, has just been sentenced to 27 months inside for hacking his old employers after the FBI conducted an investigation.
Albert-El was laid off by his company and, in a fit of pique, used his old password to access the company servers and deleted around 1,000 files intended for the company web site. The firm estimates the total damage was around $6,000.
What caught Sleuth's attention was the severity of the sentence compared to the relative harmlessness of the crime. Over two years is a long time to send someone down for considering how little damage was done - there are rapists who get less than that.
The FBI is on a long term project to investigate and clean up computer crime. But over-reactions like this seem counterproductive.
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