Hacker Receives 10-Year Sentence for ‘Causing Mayhem’

A federal judge in New York on Friday delivered a 10-year prison sentence to Jeremy Hammond , a prominent member of the hacking group Anonymous who pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking into the computer servers of a string of corporations, government agencies and law enforcement advocacy groups.Before being sentenced inside a packed courthouse in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Hammond, 28, described his hacking activities as “acts of civil disobedience” against both an expanding surveillance state and the companies that do the government’s bidding. His lawyers said their client was part of a proud tradition of protest in the United States, dating back to the American Revolution.

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