Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of no contact with HackThisSite.org, similar sites, or anarchy related groups in the Chicago area.
From the story:
He was accused of accessing ProtestWarrior.com’s database with a reverse PHP shell, and getting a list of credit card numbers that totalled into the thousands. The prosecutors tried to get Jeremy nailed for 2.5 million in damages, but there was no actual damage done. It was said that Jeremy planned “to make donations to humanitarian and charity groups opposed by the Protest Warrior Web site.”
Sorry, I came across this in the middle of the week on Digg, but I’ve been too busy to comment on it until now. It’s really weird to come across someone you actually know on a news site like Digg, especially in this context.
I care about this because I knew this guy before HackThisSite became what it is, back before it was just a little hacking toy along with loads of other similar pages (like “Anarchy”, a sort of wiki without admins, and no guidelines for content) on his website, hulla-balloo.com. He was active in the Qbasic scene around the same time as me, and came up with a rather nifty little game called Shellshock. Vplanet gave it 23/35 on their crazy rating system, which is quite a good score, I think – (though I’m just saying that really because the best score I ever got was 15/35).
I didn’t even know him, but I saw that he had his own server and domain name setup, so I sent him a really formal email asking for some advice on doing the same. He offered me all the free webspace I wanted for my own silly projects, and full access to his server. I ended up hosting my first real website there.
The only thing he asked me for in exchange is that I didn’t overwrite any of his files.
It looks like his life has gotten a little messed up in the last few years. It’s awful that things have come to this.