Seattle Hacker Gets 95 Months in Prison

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Joshuah Allen Witt recently received a 95-month prison sentence for combining physical burglary with hacking to steal more than $3 million from 50 Seattle-area businesses.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, along with fellow defendants John Earl Griffin and Brad Eugene Lowe, Witt hacked into more than a dozen businesses, and physically broke into more than 40 businesses, between 2008 and 2010.

"In May, Griffin was also sentenced to 95 months in prison and three years of supervised release, while Lowe was sentenced to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release," Infosecurity reports.

"They attacked companies both externally -- by wardriving and looking for poorly-protected corporate Wi-Fi connections -- and internally -- by breaking in and installing keyloggers on company computers," writes Naked Security's Paul Ducklin.

"In some cases, the gang accessed company accounts with other businesses, such as Amazon.com or eBay, and bought expensive items," writes Computer Weekly's Warwick Ashford. "In other cases, they diverted automatic payroll deposits to newly created bank accounts and loaded the deposits onto debit cards to buy expensive items."

"U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who leads the Justice Department's Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Enforcement working group, said the hefty sentences send a 'strong message to these modern-day bank robbers: Hack and steal at your own peril, as the consequence is prison time,'" writes The Seattle Times' Mike Carter.

In August, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones will determine the amount of restitution owed by Witt, Griffin and Lowe.