Accused 2008 PSN hacker gets probation for smashing computers

23-year-old suspected of assisting in hack to spend one year on house arrest for obstructing a federal investigation.

A 23-year-old man suspected of assisting in the 2008 PlayStation Network hack has been sentenced to a one year house arrest, but not for the hacking itself.

The The Columbus Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Todd M. Miller, who has completed school to the ninth grade, was sentenced in federal court last week for obstructing a federal investigation by smashing his computers.

According to the report, after the FBI spoke with Miller in 2011, they returned to his home to find his computers had been destroyed, including important information stored on hard drives.

"Without the computers, the FBI did not have enough evidence to pursue hacking charges against Miller and another unnamed Columbus man, according to court records," The Columbus Dispatch reports.

During his hearing, Miller told U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus that he was "immature and ignorant," noting that he "caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time." Economus sentenced Miller to three years probation and mandated that he get high school equivalency diploma.

According to the report, Miller faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The March 2008 PSN breach compromised personal information like passwords, but was dealt with swiftly. A more widespread and long-lasting hack occurred in April 2011, when the PSN was brought down for over a month, with personal information for the service's 75 million members exposed.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

192 comments
Takeno456
Takeno456

Oh boy house arrest...with internet access. Good plan.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

Wow......house arrest? They really showed him!

gamergath
gamergath

Million was being smart. You can't ground someone in his own home. He will hack when he will be bored. I see that way!

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Assist in a few million counts of theft and you get house arrest.  Cyber crimes are the best.  You get away and you can steal billions.  You get caught and you get a slap on the wrist, even if you're literally committing millions of criminal acts.

Lord-Raziel
Lord-Raziel

House arrest sounds really good :D Plying the hole day. Just dont give him to play Watch Dogs - bad idea. :P

AzulSoul
AzulSoul

House arrest, what a good excuse to marathon lots of shows, and obviously gaming hahaha

Mayleene
Mayleene

HAHAHAHAHA Grand excuse to stay home a game all day and all night! 

ACWH
ACWH

Hackers make me laugh. They think they are the tough guys of the Internet until the albino in their local prison makes them his bitch

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

Did he just get sentenced to go to school!?  ..I mean, great! ,..odd and unusual

RockoW
RockoW

A year he probably would have spent inside his home anyways...

rising_k
rising_k

Wow the first ever guy to be charge for killing his own computer.

Kitmas
Kitmas

A guy destroyed property he owned? Arrest him!

jakerscythe
jakerscythe

So, they treated him like the child he is.

hull20004
hull20004

So in around April 2011 they where like " We know the proxy, IP adress, hacking username, picture (trough webcam) and real name of the hacker but when we got there he had destroyed all his 22 computers, which is normal, but we needed them to confirm so he gets 1 year probabion jada jada jada.....:"
What a load of manure.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

he should be sent to  Saudi Arabia as a slave

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

As an added sanction to his house arrest, they should've gotten him a N64, Daikatana and Superman 64 so that'll be the only thing he can play while staying home lol

eyehategod420
eyehategod420

The worst person that could have all of your private information already has it. People are worried about the public getting ahold of their private data? I'm more interested in how we trust Sony or any of the corporates, and the State with the information that's so 'valuable' to us. 

venom845pd
venom845pd

I'll make him play aliens colonial marines and star trek for a whole year.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

For what? Breaking his computer.. they left and went back to his house a YEAR later.. he smashed his computer and they can charge him with that? Thats ridiculous.. they should have confiscated his computers right away. It's their own fault for leaving them.. and then go wait an entire year..

gamefeind
gamefeind

20 years or 1 year on house arrest?  Hammer and magnets please!


acerx7
acerx7

Couldn't graduate high school, but able to hack Sony PSN...crazy. Kinda reminds me of that movie...ah crap what's it called...Come c..Catch me if you can. Almost forgot. Phew, that would've bugged me all day :3

Zoza24
Zoza24

 There are some amazing smartass hackers out there that probably solved amazing major problems that could be usefull for us.. But its not in the interest for corporation and government for us to use it freely.

There are some good hackers trying to give us information thats been classified. So yeah, we have good hackers out there, not the criminal scumbag hackcunts.

But Hacking a Ps3 console on cracking profiles and accounts is a big problem.

theend3r
theend3r

I've aways wondered what would happen if you accused your family member and he accused you. They'd need to prove it was you, wouldn't they? And since you both had access to the computer it'd be impossible. I'm sure there's a reason why you can't do this so if anyone could tell me why, I'd appreciate it.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

The suspect called the judge immature and ignorant?  I had to read that part a few times to make sure I got it right.  In this case, I totally agree with forcing the guy to complete high school.  Don't insult the judge; that's just common sense. LOL

And before anyone says it, yes, I realize that schools do an inadequate job of teaching common sense. :)

OldKye
OldKye

@xtraflossy Yeah if I had know the court has to order you too go I would have stayed home more often.

OldKye
OldKye

@Kitmas It's actually against the law to destroy your own property in a fit of rage lol honestly look it up^.^ 

It's to keep things like people getting divorced from destroying thousands of dollars in stuff so there spouse doesn't get it, or if you owe money on somthing and it will be repossessed.

shantd
shantd

@eyehategod420 Yeah...I'm SO worried that Sony might use my info to initiate identity theft, and then run up all my credit cards. **shakes head**

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@Rattlesnake_8  its illegal to destroy evidence and to obstruct an investigation

deth420
deth420

@Rattlesnake_8 

"uh, yeah when you come to court, can you please bring any evidence we can use against you? thanks!"

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@acerx7 couldnt in the sense that he didnt not likely because he lacks the ability to do so.  kind of like einstein in that sense or bill gates for instance.

adam270391
adam270391

@theend3r in the UK (and Europe) a MASSIVE amount of people got off speeding tickets by doing this.

Now speed cameras take pictures of the driver as well as the car number plate to prevent the car owner from claiming they dunno who was driving.


Basically, yeah in the UK they'd have to PROVE which person did it. (innocent until proven guilty)

In america it's a different system (guilty until proven innocent) so idk...

Benny_a
Benny_a

@chibi-acer You have zero reading comprehension, he told the Judge that HE (about himself) is "immature and ignorant," and "caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time.

ck10304
ck10304

@chibi-acer No he told the judge that he himself had been immature and ignorant getting caught up with the wrong people

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@OldKye @Kitmas This country blows chunks if you can't destroy your own property without some law to screw you over...  Wow.

Kitmas
Kitmas

@OldKye Not the same at all. In the situations you describe, the property belongs to someone else. These computers were his own. The police didn't want to confiscate it until after he broke it.

Kitmas
Kitmas

@Albelnox0 Do they have any proof that those computers held evidence? Nope. If they had the proof, they would have taken the computers. They didn't want it until AFTER he destroyed it. The only thing obstructed was this guy's constitutional rights.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@adam270391 dont be an ass hat... too late, but here in the states youre responsible for whomever drives your car because they had your permission to drive it... unless you reported it stolen.  now to return the favor... at least we have good teeth here... you started it first.

OldKye
OldKye

@Kitmas @OldKye "your own property" in a fit of rage in other words you get made on the street and throw you phone down and break it in front of a police officer they can take you in.

I was giving reasons why they have the law they can charge you any time you break something lol.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@Kitmas @Albelnox0 Then he should of turned in his computer, NOT DESTROY IT.  either way he's quilty of obstruction which is what he's guilty for.  If you mess or destroy anything that the FBI is investigating its obstruction.  Obstruction is illegal

adam270391
adam270391

@leviathanwing It's not a case of someone else driving but of two people claiming they don't know which of them was driving at the time. They can't issue a fine to either of them without proof that that one was driving.

And I was merely pointing out that the law is different in different countries, this is a UK website (mostly) and the hacker was in America where the law is very different.