The trial of one of the suspects in the Sony PSN hacking case has recently concluded. Todd M Miller of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to a year of house arrest, three years of probation and ordered to get his high school equivalency test. His sentencing was for the crime of obstructing a Federal investigation.
In 2011, Miller was originally spoken to by the FBI in relation to the April hacking attempts on the PSN and his relationship with a hacking collective called KCUF. When the agents returned with a search warrant, Miller’s computers had all been smashed up and his hard drives had mysteriously disappeared.
Had his now missing hard drives yielded evidence that he was involved in the attacks, Miller might have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Judge Economus, who presided over the case, said that he saw no benefit to sending Miller to prison, given that his job gave him some security and he’d had a tough childhood.
The PSN hack, and the dozens of copycat attacks that ensued, cost Sony and their partners millions of dollars, as well as endangering the privacy and personal financial security of more than seventy million PSN users.