Hacker gets three years for computer intrusions

A member of the SwaggSec hacking group was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for participating in a series of computer attacks that compromised computer systems at DirecTV, Farmers Insurance and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

The man, Mario Patrick Chuisano, 32, of Staten Island, New York, who used the online monikers “fame” and “infam0us,” was sentenced in Los Angeles by U. S. District Judge S. James Otero.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Otero ordered Chuisano to pay $2,662,438.80 in restitution to the three victims.

Chuisano pleaded guilty in June 2014 to conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer, as well as to possession of an unregistered firearm, namely a sawed-off shotgun. In addition to the sawed-off shotgun that was discovered in Chuisano’s residence during the execution of a search warrant, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered an unregistered handgun, brass knuckles, and equipment that could be used to manufacture counterfeit credit and debit cards, according to court documents.

During 2012 and 2013, SwaggSec, or Swagg Security, carried out a series of computer attacks and released some of the information stolen from the compromised systems through an eponymous social media account.

When he pleaded guilty last year, Chuisano, a self-taught hacker, admitted that he installed a remote access trojan installed on the computer of an insurance agent and that he used the trojan to gain access to the computer and steal reports and documents related to sales agents, as well as thousands of sent and received e-mails and passwords from Farmers Insurance.

SwaggSec is believed to have patterned itself after the similarly named LulzSec, a group of computer hackers who carried out a series of high-profile computer attacks in 2011.

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