[ISN] Stratfor Hacker: FBI Entrapment Shaped My Case

http://www.informationweek.com/security/attacks/stratfor-hacker-fbi-entrapment-shaped-my/240162199 By Mathew J. Schwartz Information Week October 04, 2013 Is the FBI allowed to entrap suspected computer criminals? That question is at the heart of a request for leniency by Jeremy Hammond, who’s due to be sentenced on November 15 for hacking private intelligence contractor Stratfor, among other business and government sites. Hammond, appearing in a Manhattan federal courtroom in May, pleaded guilty to one related count of computer fraud and abuse, as part of a plea agreement. “For each of these hacks, I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Hammond told judge Loretta Preska, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He now faces up to 10 years in jail, and the prospect of paying up to $2.5 million in restitution to Stratfor. But in advance of his upcoming sentencing by Judge Preska, Hammond’s supporters are asking for leniency, noting that Hammond hacked for ethical reasons, rather than to make a profit. They’ve also accused the FBI of entrapment, referring to tricking someone into committing a crime for the purpose of then arresting them. Hammond, notably, has accused former LulzSec leader turned FBI informant “Sabu”




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