UFC Hacker Sentenced To Probation
Wired reports that fifteen-year-old UG Nazi hacker Cosmo (or Cosmo the God) was sentenced in juvenile court on Wednesday in Long Beach, California. He pleaded guilty to multiple felonies in exchange for probation, which account for all of the charges against him including charges based on credit card fraud, identity theft, bomb threats, and online impersonation.
In the past year, Cosmo and his group hacked many high-profile websites. They group initially opposed SOPA but took down websites like those for NASDAQ, CIA.gov, and UFC.com. It redirected 4Chan’s DNS to point to its own Twitter feed. Cosmo created social-engineering techniques which allowed him to get to use accounts on Amazon, Paypal and others. He was arrested in June as part of a multi-state FBI sting.
Representatives of the district attorney and public defenders offices in Long Beach have not commented, because Cosmo is a juvenile. The terms of the plea put him on probation until he is 21. During that time, he can’t use the internet without prior consent from his parole officer. He will not be allowed to use the internet without supervision or for anything other than school. He will also have to hand over all of his account logins and passwords. He has to tell his parole officer if he plans to use any devices that can connect to the internet. He also cannot contact any members or associates of UG Nazi or Anonymous, along with a specified list of other individuals. He had to give up the computers and other items taken from the raid on his home. If he violates his probation, he will be sentenced the three years in prison.
Jay Leiderman, a LA attorney who represented members of Anonymous and LulzSec, said: “Ostensibly they could have locked him up for three years straight and then released him on juvenile parole. But to keep someone off the Internet for six years — that one term seems unduly harsh. You’re talking about a really bright, gifted kid in terms of all things Internet. And at some point after getting on the right path he could do some really good things. I feel that monitored Internet access for six years is a bit on the hefty side. It could sideline his whole life–his career path, his art, his skills. At some level it’s like taking away Mozart’s piano.“