It is somewhat ridiculous, though I think increasingly common sort of way, the very fellow who outed rapists could face substantially more jail time than the rapists for his expose.
Lostutter is accused of hacking the Stubbenville football team’s fan page, and aside from the ridiculousness of having a SWAT team arrest him for a non violent crime, he for this same crime faces ten years in prison. The accused rapists face two. Whether or not he did indeed hack the page is hardly of importance. Hacking as currently defined is a sort of one size fits all crime, with little difference between the punishments involved for hacking into a financial database and hacking into a private website. The first instance certainly implies criminal intent, though sometimes white hat hackers claim otherwise, but the latter amounts to little more than digital defacement of property. Hacking a personal website, or a team website, or anything of that nature ought to be punished. But it is far more a kin to breaking a window or spray painting someone’s front door than robbing a bank. Similarly, it would seem that the majority of leakers currently in the public eye-Manning and Snowden-could potentially both be prosecuted under current hacking law.
A 26-year-old farm dweller who helped expose the rape of a teenage girl is facing up to 5x more jail time than the high school football members who publicly assaulted the girl. The Steubenville rape case became a national firestorm after it was revealed that dozens of people had witnessed the assault at a party and then shared pictures and social media updates of the event mocking the girl.
Angered that a small town was turning their back on justice, several hacktivist groups got involved, including Deric Lostutter, who helped post a video on the football team’s website outing the assailants and bringing national attention to their crimes.
“If convicted of hacking-related crimes, Lostutter could face up to 10 years behind bars—far more than the one- and two-year sentences doled out to the Steubenville rapists,” reportsMother Jones, in an exclusive interview with Lostutter.
The first-time digital activist claims…
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