Hacker Ryan Harris was convicted on March 1 of helping cable modem users steal Internet access at a cost to companies of $1 million.

"Harris, 26, was convicted in federal court in Boston on seven counts of wire fraud in connection to selling hacked cable modems and software that allowed users to bypass restrictions that providers placed on cable modems to filter content and cap usage," writes Wired's Kim Zetter. "Each count comes with a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine."

"The case could have larger implications for other technology tools that can be used for criminal purposes, such as software mods for mobile phones or even anonymizing software," Zetter writes. "Harris is scheduled for sentencing May 23."

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