PSN Hacker Smashes, Disappears HDDs to Escape Conviction
Like a boss – no, actually, not.
23-year-old Todd Miller, suspected of hacking into Sony’s PlayStation Network, was due to be arrested but escaped punishment by destroying his computers and effectively disappearing his hard drives.
Bet CISPA didn’t think of that.
Regardless, Miller has been sentenced to a year of house arrest – because obstructing a federal investigation by destroying evidence is still VERY much a crime – and will also serve a three year probation, along with getting his high-school degree.
Apparently, Miller was part of a hacking clan called KCUF, which began in 2008 and has since been attacking PSN, according to US District Judge Peter C. Economus. The attacks in question involved the leaking credit card information from PSN as far back as April 2011, which essentially started the wave of attacks to follow since.
If the FBI had recovered his hard disks, Miller would’ve faced a $250,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison. Miller has since been remorseful of his actions and promised not to repeat them.