And it gets worse. Much worse.
'"You consider yourself a hero, of sorts" - Federal Judge Susan Wigenton at the sentencing of Weev.
In November, Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer was convicted of hacking into an AT&T database containing the email addresses of iPad owners. But the email addresses AT&T claimed he stole were on publicly accessible web pages. Weev's group, Goatse Security, just had to guess the URLs.
Weev and his partners compiled 114,000 addresses, sent them to Gawker, and shamed AT&T epically. Supporters argued that he had done nothing illegal—that his prosecution was the latest warning shot against anyone able to use computers to embarrass power. His charges carried a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. [...]
The prosecutors spun the tale of a brilliant young sociopath. They quoted his Reddit AMA three times, then some drama around Encylclopedia Dramatica. They called him "highly intelligent" to justify his sentence. They led a populist diatribe against individuals with "special [computer] skills" and the power they wielded over the unskilled common man.[...]
The prosecutors didn't understand the internet. They didn't want to. They resented those who did. They resented their arrogance, their irreverence, their ease with the machinery that runs the world. Hackers were the new witches. Power needed them and hated them at once. So they'd make an example of the ones who embarrassed them.
Judge Wigenton sentenced Weev to 41 months of prison, three years of probation, and $73,000 restitution to AT&T.
He will serve more years than the Steubenville rapists.
She called him a "disappointment," a "danger to his community." Most of all, she seemed angry that he wasn't afraid.
I don't approve of everything they do, but I like Anonymous a little more every day.