7 faces of ‘hacking’ hysteria

For these unfortunate souls, the potential punishments far outweighed their alleged crimes
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Businesses and politicians are understandably concerned about the threat of cyber crime, given the rising risk from international syndicates, some of which are backed by foreign governments. Unfortunately, lawmakers and business leaders have proven overzealous in their pursuit of alleged hackers and low-profile cyber crooks, abusing their expansive resources, power, and poorly written legislation like the DMCA, whether to silence and subdue legitimate researchers and developers or to make examples of small-fish hacktivists and pirates through disproportionately harsh fines and jail sentences. In this slideshow, we present some of the faces of people who've felt the brunt of this cyber crime and hacking hysteria since 2000.

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