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12/28/2016
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Kelly Sheridan
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21 Biggest Cybercriminal Busts Of 2016

This year has been a tornado of major cyberattacks and hacker arrests. Here, we look back on the 21 most interesting 'cyberbusts' of 2016.
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First Hacker Arrested for Cyber-Terror Arrives In Court, Gets 20 Years 
Ardit Ferizi is a Kosovo citizen who was arrested in late 2015 for hacking and providing material support to a terrorist group, marking the first time the US charged someone with a cyber terror crime. He was suspected of providing ISIS with stolen data on about 100,000 people, including 1,350 US government and military personnel.
Ferizi first appeared in American court in February 2016, at which time he faced a maximum sentence of 35 years. He was later sentenced in October to 20 years in a US prison.
(Image: Aerogondo2 via Shutterstock)

First Hacker Arrested for Cyber-Terror Arrives In Court, Gets 20 Years

Ardit Ferizi is a Kosovo citizen who was arrested in late 2015 for hacking and providing material support to a terrorist group, marking the first time the US charged someone with a cyber terror crime. He was suspected of providing ISIS with stolen data on about 100,000 people, including 1,350 US government and military personnel.

Ferizi first appeared in American court in February 2016, at which time he faced a maximum sentence of 35 years. He was later sentenced in October to 20 years in a US prison.

(Image: Aerogondo2 via Shutterstock)

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1/1/2017 | 8:22:29 PM
Trends in Cybercrime Convictions
I feel we are still on the road to collecting data that will aid in trending cybercrime convinctions.  While I don't condone hacks that are "well-intentioned" yet still put innocent people at risk, I am also bothered that we are far from establishing a legal trend to prevent "good" people from being treated the same as, for instance, cyber-terrorists.  We have a lot of issues in this country and hacktivism is sometimes the only avenue toward revealing these issues.  While our social historians and anthropologists read and reflect, real people with real problems continue to suffer and the public is often without knowledge of this until a hacktivist acts. 

We need more data like this, more well-documented cases and more conversation on what appropriate laws and punishment are needed to keep the right people in prison and to help activists feel no fear in their attempt to make life better for innocent and needy people; keeping activits from turning into hacktivists is something we should all make a priority, eliminating fear from the equation that contains people and communities under duress and the good people who wish to tell that story and help them.

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