Hacker TinKode Fined $120,000

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Hacker Cernăianu Manole Răzvan, aka TinKode, has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of approximately $120,000 by a Romanian court.

"Cernăianu Manole Răzvan was arrested in January 2012, after a series of high profile hacks of government and military websites, exposing their poor security and often publishing passwords and screenshots as evidence," writes Sophos' Graham Cluley. "Past victims have included website belonging to the British Royal Navy, MySQL.com (which ironically fell foul of a SQL injection attack) and NASA servers. To the relief of many, TinKode appeared to be inspired more by the desire to embarrass organisations into improving web security -- rather than making money."

"According to Cernăianu's case file summary on the Romanian Ministry of Justice Web portal, he was sentenced on Sept. 26 and received six prison sentences of one or two years for separate computer-related offenses," writes Computerworld's Lucian Constantin. "The offenses included: gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer system; transferring data from a computer system without authorization; affecting the normal operation of a computer system by deleting, modifying or sending electronic data; creating, selling or distributing a devices or a computer program designed to be used in computer crimes; creating, selling or distributing a password or access code without authorization that could be used to access a computer system with the intention of committing a computer crime."

"As far as the monetary penalties are concerned, authorities seized the amount of 500 EUR and $50 which they believed were earned as a result of his 'criminal activities,'" writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "They also seized a 1TB hard drive and an Acer laptop. Cernaianu must also pay approximately $59,000 (45,000 EUR) to Oracle America, $50,000 (39,000 EUR) to NASA, $5,000 (3,900 EUR) to the United States Army and around $7,300 (5,600 EUR) to the Pentagon. He has also been ordered to pay various amounts representing the money spent by the state during the lawsuit and attorney fees."