Jeremy Hammond gets 10 years in jail for Stratfor Hack
November 15, 2013 // 5:45 p.m.
Jeremy Hammond, the hacker that broke into surveillance firm, Stratfor, and stole credit card information and confidential emails has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
The sentence was the maximum allowed and will be followed by three years of supervised release.
Hammond plead guilty, to obtaining credit card numbers and internal emails containing information regarding the company's surveillance of political protesters on behalf of both private companies and governments, but no leniency was given.
The case has caused particular controversy as presiding Judge Preska has been accused of having a conflict of interest due to her husband's credit card number being among those leaked.
Hammond, 28, from Chicago passed on the information to the hacking collective Anonymous where the card details were used to make over $1million of donations to charities. Some of the 900,000 emails were also passed on to news outlets who published some of the leaked material.
"I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right." said Hammond in May of this year, when he plead guilty via his own Free Jeremy Hammond website.
Hammond was caught almost immediately after the hack, in June 2011, after contacting LulzSec member, Hector Monsegur (Sabu), and asking him to store the stolen data on his servers. However, by this time Monsegur had already been arrested and turned informant for the FBI.