Pittsburgh Couple Sentenced for Hacking Law Firm

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Jonathan Cunningham, 29, and Alyson Cunningham, 26, were both recently sentenced to 3 years probation, computer monitoring, and 300 hours of community service, and were each ordered to pay restitution of $2,445.96, for hacking into a law firm in Pittsburgh, Pa.

They will both also have to notify any future employer of the conviction.

According to court records, Alyson Cunningham was fired from the law firm on November 28, 2011. She then provided an accomplice, Matthew West, with an internal company password, which he used to log into the law firm's servers via a VPN proxy server in Germany. West then installed software designed to capture users' passwords on the law firm's server.

On November 29, 2011, West sent an e-mail to a partner at the law firm stating the law firm's servers had been compromised, and that their backup files had been copied and deleted. In the e-mail, West stated, "Our motive is to solely capture and record 100% of Pittsburgh business records and operations and protect it or use it against you as we could if Anonymous had a reason and needed to."

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, online chat records show that the Cunninghams were actively communicating with West throughout the process.