Hacker Jeremy Hammond, who faces life in prison for his alleged involvement in the 2011 Stratfor breach, has been placed in solitary confinement at New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

"According to his supporters, the reason behind the decision is unknown," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.

"I regret to inform that we have received a phone call from Jeremy the other day, telling us that he has been moved into solitary confinement, 'the hole,' for an undetermined amount of time," FreeHammond.org stated on February 3. "We are not sure why, because our phone call was cut short when the battery died on my phone. ... At this point, he will not be able to receive visits (other than his lawyers) and will have heavy restrictions on phone calls. He is still able to receive mail, although less regularly."