April 17th, 2014

Longest hacker prison term upheld

From wired magzine:

A federal appeals court upheld a nine-year prison term Monday for a hacker who tried and failed to steal customer credit-card numbers from the Lowe’s chain of home improvement stores.

I think what I find more stupefying (but not too surprising) is the fact that Lowes had allowed access to their internal network, including credit processing systems, from an unsecured wireless network. Frankly, given this glaring hole in their system, I’m a little surprised that they were actually able to not only track down the offenders, but determine what exactly they had done in that short a time.

Though there’s no evidence either man saw a single stolen credit-card number, and despite cooperating to help Lowe’s boost its security after his arrest, Salcedo was sentenced to what the government described at the time as the longest U.S. prison term for a hacker in history.

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