Hacking from Jail Can Get You More Prison Time

An inmate formerly of the Plymouth County Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking prison computers while incarcerated in 2006.

The inmate was able to gain sensitive personal data on more than 1,000 prison employees by circumventing the control system on the computer and sending an email and pulling data on the employees.

The computer the inmate used was only supposed to be able to run a legal research program. However, he was able to exploit a flaw in the system to bypass the restrictions. The computer was a thin client computer, which means it was connected to another computer and did not have any data stored on it.

The inmate will now have three years of supervised release, during which time he will not be allowed to access a computer without his parole officer’s permission.

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