Maybe the reason they want him locked up is because he saw some stuff he shouldn't have. It is a big MAYBE...
A few months jail time
A few years jail time
Restrict and monitor internet access
Financial reparations depending on the severity
I have no sympathy for him. If the company in question did not hire him specifically to breach their security, then he has committed a crime. I'm not familiar with British law, but I know in the U.S. (though it can vary from state to state) it is illegal to wrongfully access even a private citizen's facebook/email let alone a company's.
Facebook and google are evil, they have profiles of everyone and track your every move. He was punished for getting too close to the truth!
Here's an original idea. Contact said company to let them know about the flaw. If they agree with you, maybe you're up for a bigtime job. If they don't challenge them to prove it. Most of these hackers aren't doing it to "improve security". They're doing it because they can and gives them a kind of thrill to commit a crime that it is unlikely you'll get caught and be punished for.
i can see why he gets jail time for hacking facebook even tough nothing happened and he seems like a decent person but yea he still broke into a site holding alot of value. Personal info about people aswell as being a threat to the security of all people with an account on the site. So yea he could literaly hype up others to try it our end up holding a grudge towards a person our helping someone do something nasty etc by giving out personal info our hijacking accounts and thats some serious dmg that could be done. So giving him a prison sentence shows people there serious about keeping privacy safe and it might discourage others from trying to do the same since 8 months jail is not that much fun.
Seriously man? What the heck does that even mean? I dont think the "victim" could have been anymore general in what was actually done so im not passing judgement just yet.
Imo, he would have had to take this information to marketing company or somewhere else where they actually pay for it to be what you described.
"the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts"
Did this make anyone else laugh a little bit?
"Frank William Abagnale, Jr. (born April 27, 1948) is an American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, impostor, and escape artist. He became notorious in the 1960s for passing $2.5 million worth of meticulously forged checks across 26 countries over the course of five years, beginning when he was 16 years old."
I think there are many cases where security has been increased and fixed because of someone getting past it then being hired to help improve it, even if you serve jail time if you impress the right people with your actions you'll have a job when you get out.
If you wanna hack something to "test their defenses", it's best to get permission from the company to do so first.
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I think he just REALLY wanted to meet John Mclain
I have a simple point of view on this: he's a terrorist and he should be punished as one.
If he deleted his footprint, how did they find him? LOL
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Those circumstances are significantly different than the situation at hand, and as such are not directly comparable at all.
It is dangerous to jail smart people for being smart.
There are smart people employed by China to dig through FBI files. They get there by injecting software (either attachments, or links) to personal email of people working in high-security places, and facebook can be used as well.
This particular smart person did no such thing, he didn't use the facebook flaw to install spy software on government computers and send back information for years.
He hacked a site, and now they should fix the site.
Facebook is saying that instead of fighting technology with technology, and actually safeguarding their site, they will instead use laws. Those laws don't apply to smart people sitting in China and analyzing facebook flaws.
Putting the guy in jail, makes us all a little less safe.
First off, kudos on the Dade Murphy reference, that made me laugh.
Secondly, people are acting like Facebook isn't going to fix this security flaw and is sending him to jail so they don't have to. Are you serious? I'm sure this was fixed shortly after it was found he had stolen stuff. They may have even fixed the security before he even went before the judge. That's a very naive point of view if you think "Facebook" sent him to jail so they could be lazy.
Thirdly, if you are going to reference someone who did something illegal, got sent to jail, and now works to prevent future illegal activities, at least use the more relevant reference of Kevin Mitnick, rather than Abagnale.
Sorry but ppl cant use the I was doing this to help them defense and get away with breaking laws. If you do things that you are not supposed to or that aren't allowed to be done where you live you get punished for it. The end doesn't justify the means, if they wanted ppl to do security checks they would have them do it. Im sure that the windows of my house can be broken if rocks are tossed through them but Im not going to do it nor am I going to be happy when somebody does and tells me after the fact hey you can easily get inside your home.
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