Re: This seems out of proportion to the offense
He was involved in a database hack that could have netted them a couple of million had they been clever. Except they only managed to get a fiver, now that's their problem not the judge's.
Had they got the million or so would it somehow have been a more justifiable sentence, if so why ?
This is not the same thing as stealing a MacDonalds because you are hungry... Nothing about what they did is acceptable, they got caught stealing other people's money, now they pay the price.