“UG Nazi”’s hacker known as “Cosmo*” or “Cosmo the God” was sentenced in juvenile court on Wednesday, in California. According to Cosmo’s post on BHW, he pleaded guilty to multiple crimes in exchange for a probation, which included charges based on credit card fraud, identity theft, bomb threats, and impersonation.
Cosmo and his team “UG Nazi” took part in many of the highest hacking of the year 2012. UG Nazi, which is a politicized group that opposed SOPA, crashed several websites this year, including those for NASDAQ, CIA.gov, and UFC.com. It redirected 4Chan’s DNS to point to its own Twitter feed. Cosmo pioneered social-engineering techniques that allowed him to gain access to user accounts at Amazon, PayPal, and a slew of other companies. He was arrested in June, as a part of a multi-state FBI sting.
According to Cosmo himself, the terms of the charge place him on probation until his 21 years old. During that time, he can not use the internet without consent from his parole officer. He wont be allowed to use the Internet in an unsupervised manner, or for any purposes other than education-related ones. He is required to hand over all of his account logins and passwords including gaming websites and other non hack related websites. He must disclose in writing any devices that he has access to that have the capability to connect to a network. He is prohibited from having contact with any members or associates of UG Nazi or Anonymous, along with a specified list of other individuals. He had to forfeit all the computers and other items seized in the raid on his home, including his supercomputer. Violating any of these terms will result in a three-year prison term.
Jay Leiderman, attorney who has represented members of Anonymous, LulzSec, Ninja Strike Force, Cult of the dead cow, told in a recent interview ; “But to keep someone off the Internet for six years — that one term seems unduly harsh. You’re talking about a really bright, gifted kid in terms of all things Internet. And at some point after getting on the right path he could do some really good things. I feel that monitored Internet access for six years is a bit on the hefty side. It could sideline his whole life–his career path, his art, his skills. At some level it’s like taking away Mozart’s piano.”