@ItsKahuna to be sentenced today (updated)

AP reports that John Anthony Borell III, known online as @ItsKahuna, will be sentenced today for his role in hacking a number of law enforcement-related web sites:

John Anthony Borell III pleaded guilty in April to five counts related to the attacks as part of a plea agreement with the federal government.

The agreement calls for Borell to serve three years in prison and pay more than $220,000 in restitution.

The deal must be approved by the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City on Thursday before sentencing.

In August 2012, Higinio O. Ochoa, III, of Galveston, Texas, known as @CabinCr3w, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $14,062.17 restitution. He and Borell had teamed up on many of the hacks of law enforcement.  It’s not clear to me why Borell drew a longer prison term than Ochoa.

I had reported on a number of law enforcement and government hacks involving Borell and Ochoa on this blog. In my dealings with Borell, I had raised the issue of whether he and Ochoa might consider not dumping personally identifiable information. In response, Borell informed me that after talking to others, they agreed they wouldn’t dump PII and had deleted any PII they had obtained from their own servers. I don’t know if the court took that it into account in the sentencing agreement, but it really was to his credit.

Updated: Media report on today’s sentencing from the Salt Lake Tribune.

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