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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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American Hacker Arrested For 2014 JP Morgan Chase Breach 
Joshua Samuel Aaron was arrested earlier this month for allegedly orchestrating the 2014 JP Morgan Chase breach, in addition to other criminal activity. Along with accomplice Gery Shalon, Aaron has been charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, computer hacking, and identity theft, as well as conspiracies to commit these crimes.
The DoJ states the two were behind cyberattacks against US financial businesses, brokerage firms, and publishers of financial news. They are suspected of the largest-ever theft of customer data from a US financial company.
(Image: Felix Lipov via Shutterstock)

American Hacker Arrested For 2014 JP Morgan Chase Breach

Joshua Samuel Aaron was arrested earlier this month for allegedly orchestrating the 2014 JP Morgan Chase breach, in addition to other criminal activity. Along with accomplice Gery Shalon, Aaron has been charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, computer hacking, and identity theft, as well as conspiracies to commit these crimes.

The DoJ states the two were behind cyberattacks against US financial businesses, brokerage firms, and publishers of financial news. They are suspected of the largest-ever theft of customer data from a US financial company.

(Image: Felix Lipov 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.

R.I.P. Aaron Swartz
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