Hacker faces prison for PC attacks

By | August 24, 2006

A 20-year-old California hacker who created a virus that jeopardized patients at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, damaged computers at U.S. military installations worldwide and affected thousands of others will be sentenced today. Federal prosecutors will ask U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to send Christopher Maxwell to prison for six years.

Maxwell´s lawyer will argue that only probation and community service is warranted, according to court documents.

Defense attorney Steven Bauer cites Maxwell´s lack of a criminal record and maintains that he did not intend such an extensive spread of his robot virus program, or “botnet” software.

The key issues at sentencing revolve around how much damage Maxwell caused and how willfully he caused it.Read Full Story

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