Well, that's one idea. Just smash all the evidence.

According to a recent report in The Columbus Dispatch , a 23-year-old man suspected of assisting with the 2008 attack on the PlayStation Network has been sentenced to house arrest for one year.

If that seems like an awfully light sentence, that's because the sentence has nothing to do with the hacking itself. It seems Todd M. Miller (who only completed school up to the ninth grade), was sentenced for obstructing a federal investigation. After the FBI spoke with Miller in 2011, they returned to his home to find that all the computers had been destroyed, including the information they probably needed that was stored on hard drives. So there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the hacking charges, unfortunately.

During his hearing, Miller told judge Peter C. Economus that he was just "immature and ignorant" and that he got "caught up with the wrong people." Economus sentenced him to three years probation and ordered him to pursue a high school equivalency certification. …you know, I'm sorry, but I always knew these people were under-educated, egocentric morons.

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JROD0823
JROD0823
7 years ago

Ben,

Even though he is an under-educated, egocentric moron, he possesses computer skills far beyond my wheelhouse, and I have some college education, so he gets a touché from me.

That isn't to say that I don't want to flatten his face a little with my fists for playing his part in ruining some of the free time I spend gaming.


Last edited by JROD0823 on 5/13/2013 10:52:35 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

If anything, it proves that you don't need a long education to become really good at something.

That said, I'm not sure how good you needed to be to hack the PSN network. The more I heard about it the more I got the impression the security were *really* badly built and poorly maintained. It's not hard to steal a car if you leave the keys in the door.

Still, I'm pretty sure this guy knows more about computing than most of us.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/14/2013 2:00:30 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
7 years ago

Yeah, sorry, none of that impresses me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

He does sound a bit unsophisticated, don't real hackers have software-based file shredding emergency measures?

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

I don't think he expected to be found. lol

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Then he was bad at his hobby.

EddPm6
EddPm6
7 years ago

Unfortunately, most hackers cant really do much against whats known as garbage files, which is why he smashed the hard drives.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

A nice big magnet would do the trick.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

They should put him in an anti-metal Magneto jail

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
7 years ago

Wow. He put a company, their customers and their customers' financial information at risk and all he gets is a year house arrest.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. ūüôĀ

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
7 years ago

Right lol

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

Evidence. It's what the civil world require in order to sentence someone.

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
7 years ago

Beam's right. Considering what they had to work with (or the lack thereof), its probably a credit to the prosecutors for even getting that much.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
7 years ago

According to the article's title, they already knew it was evidence. So they knew he was destroying it. That's enough "evidence" to get him locked up for years.

JROD0823
JROD0823
7 years ago

Yeah, I thought a conviction on obstruction charges got you automatic jail time, not house arrest.

Harerazer
Harerazer
7 years ago

Wrong fellas, you can walk into a police precinct and admit to murder but if there's no evidence to present in court then you can't go to jail for it. Just because you don't like someone for what you think they did doesn't mean you can be judge, jury, and executioner.

Akuma_
Akuma_
7 years ago

So now he gets to sit at home and play Playstation for the next year.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Sounds like a reward.

Banky A
Banky A
7 years ago

sounds like a scared fool