CabinCr3w Hacker Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

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John Anthony Borell III, 22, a member of the CabinCr3w hacker group, was recently sentenced to three years in prison for cyber attacks on police Web sites (h/t SC Magazine).

As part of a plea deal, Borell admitted having breached the Web site for the Utah Chiefs of Police Association, causing $145,500 in damages; the Web for the Salt Lake City Police Department, causing $32,797 in damages; the police Web site for Syracuse, N.Y., causing $7,169 in damages; the Web site for for the City of Springfield, Mo., causing $30,850 in damages; and the Web site for the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association, causing $4,320 in damages. He will be required to reimburse all victims for their costs.

"Regarding all of these hacks, I knew that what I was doing was illegal," Borell stated in the plea agreement. "I admit that I intentionally caused damage to protected computers by my conduct, in that I impaired the integrity and availability of data and programs on the systems that I hacked into."

Borell, who was arrested in March 2012, had claimed responsibility for the attacks via his @ItsKahuna Twitter account. According to Sophos, Twitter provided investigators with IP addresses that enabled them to connect the Twitter account to Borell.