A Chicago computer hacker tied to the group known as Anonymous was sentenced in New York Friday to 10 years in prison for cyber attacks on various government agencies and businesses, including a global intelligence company.
Jeremy Hammond pleaded guilty in May.
He says he hacked more than half a dozen secure sites, and exposed people’s personal and financial information, for the purpose of creating what he called “maximum mayhem.”
Prosecutors had asked for a 10-year sentence.
Supporters say he exposed government spying.
Hammond’s defense lawyers argued Hammond had already spent enough time in jail, and he should go free.