Are criminal penalties for hacking excessive?

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Christopher Nerney
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It depends. In the cases you cite, the sentences definitely appear to be excessive.

 

However, in this case and this case, it can fairly be argued that the longer sentences may be more appropriate. For me, stealing money and credit cards or harassing, stalking and terrorizing people online are deserving of harsh punishment. Hacking into a network for fun or to prove a point, not so much. 

 

All that being said, there's something wrong when hackers get excessive sentences for committing lesser crimes than the bankers and other corporate executives who routinely abuse our laws and economic system and ruin lives for their own personal financial gain. 

 


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