September 21, 2014
LONDON (AP) - Four computer hackers who targeted companies including Sony Pictures and Rupert Murdoch's News International media group have been sentenced to up to 32 months in prison.
The hackers, who were affiliated to the group Lulz Security, had pleaded guilty to carrying out cyberattacks on websites including those belonging to the CIA, Britain's National Health Service and the U.K.'s Serious Organized Crime Agency in 2011.
A London court on Thursday sentenced Ryan Cleary to 32 months; Ryan Ackroyd to 30 months; and Jake Davis to 24 months. Mustafa Al-Bassam was given a suspended 20-month sentence.
Prosecutor Andrew Hadik described the hackers' actions as "cowardly and vindictive" and said they caused companies serious financial and reputational damage.
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