Sony hacking suspect smashes computers to get out of prosecution

A posting from Naked Security: A 23-year-old man suspected of helping to hack into Sony’s PlayStation Network got out of being penalized for the crime by smashing his computers and making his hard drives disappear.

Todd M. Miller, of Columbus, in the US state of Ohio, was sentenced on Thursday to a year on house arrest for obstructing a federal investigation and styming an FBI investigation into the hack.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the judge also sentenced Miller to three years probation and ordered him to get his high-school equivalence certificate.

US District Judge Peter C. Economus said in federal court that Miller was a member of a hacking group called the KCUF clan that, starting in 2008, organized an ongoing attack on Sony’s servers.

The hack took the PlayStation Network offline in April 2011. Sony soon realized that the breach had enabled the attackers to access the personal data, including credit card information, of millions of online gamers.

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