Hardware Hacker Does Hard Time

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Some of you may remember when infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick was all over the news. Mitnick spend a bit over 5 1/2 years in prison for his hacking exploits.

Well, a Michigan man has just received the longest prison sentence ever handed down in a hacking case, nearly twice that of Mitnick’s, for his role in the hacking of hardware giant Lowe’s Hardware Store’s national computer system. Brian Salcedo, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, received a 9-year sentence (hey, it’s the new math, ok?) for hacking into the wireless connection at a local Lowe’s, and using that to access the chain’s central computers, where he installed a program to sniff the credit card numbers of Lowes’ customers (the effort was unsuccessful, say Lowe’s officials).


Interestingly, one of his co-defendants, Adam Timmins, was one of the first people ever convicted of wardriving (when people drive around looking for open wireless connections into which they can hack, or from which they can send spam). Some people never learn.

Said federal prosecutor Matthew Martens, “I think the massive amount of potential loss that these defendants could have imposed was astounding, so that’s what caused us to seek a substantial sentence against Mr. Salcedo.”

You can read more about this at ABC News.

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