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A 19-year-old who goes by the handle Vigilance online has been indicted in a Saint Paul, Minnesota district court for allegedly breaking into and interfering with servers operated by the state. Vigilance, identified by the US Attorney’s Office in Minnesota as Cameron Thomas Crowley, was charged by a grand jury on May 22 in a …

  1. veti Silver badge

    "Damage and loss to the state of more than $5000"?

    Odd, that figure seems very modest. Positively plausible, even.

    What did he actually do to these servers, to meet this ludicrously low threshold?

    1. Boo Radley

      Re: "Damage and loss to the state of more than $5000"?

      The feds only have jurisdiction if the loss over $5,000. It doesn't mean the loss was $5,000. The actual loss will be taken into account with his sentence, ie the higher the dollar loss, the longer the sentence. The feds have little charts for figuring out how long he'll serve.

  2. Mark 85

    Twitter is "secure"?

    It goes on to say, ironically as it turned out, "The FBI is set to investigate me. I am confident my identity is safe."

    I really can't believe he was stupid enough to post that. Then again, stupidity knows no limits. Methinks he's on his way to hard time.

    1. Flakk

      Re: Twitter is "secure"?

      Yep. How many times have cybercrim LEOs told us that hackers usually can't resist the urge to boast about their exploits? I wonder how many attacks would go unsolved if the hackers simply kept their traps shut?

  3. Herby

    Don't do the crime...

    ...if you can't do the time..

    Words to live by!

    1. TsVk!

      Re: Don't do the crime...

      if ya can't keep ya mouth shut... geez.

  4. Chozo

    Whatever happened to...

    What ever happened to cool hacker names?

    1. karlkarl Silver badge

      Re: Whatever happened to...

      The feds will cower to me and my cool hacker name....

      Hacky McHacker Face!

      I can also "GUI interface using visual basic to track the [feds] IP address"!

  5. ElDave

    Probably thought he was safe....

    He was behind 7 proxies after all.

    1. Claptrap314 Silver badge

      Re: Probably thought he was safe....

      I remember the line, but not the reference. <painful laughing ensues>

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