Hacker Faces Life in Prison

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Jeremy Hammond, a self professed hacker, faces trial for his attack on Strafor(Strategic Forecasting) in 2011, as well as his involvement in the Arizona Department of Public Safety website hack and $700k in fraudulent credit card charges resulting from Stratfor. Hammond has pled not guilty to the charges. A more thorough breakdown can be found here.

In 2009, a Ukranian hacker responsible for stealing hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers in a calculated wi-fi attack of companies such as TJ Maxx and Marshall’s was sentenced to 30 years, spearheading the intiative to properly punish those responsible for terrorizing users over the web and taking advantage of those less savvy(although, admittingly, a number of companies involved in the hack were encrypting credit card information using out-of-date WEP encryption methods).

As a business, ensure the privacy of your customer’s information by using the most advanced means of encryption currently available- this goes for AV choices, Wireless network settings and Email.

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