via a friend who just visited him in prison.
Andrew is currently serving 3.5 years for revealing a security flaw by AT&T. He has been in administrative segregation for twenty days as punishment for using his payphone calls to post to Soundcloud, and for…
So if someone breaks into your business it shouldn’t be considered a crime. And if said person then breaks the rules of the place that incarcerated him then should nothing be done about it. Lets just let everyone do what they want with no punishment
Good security is the security everyone knows works. This whole affair reeks of burying the guy who finds a whole in your wall, rather than fixing the fucking hole. It’s a crime to steal information and spread it, but it should be a greater crime for the company at hand to push for thousands of dollars in damages and eight years in prison. That is not punishment, that is torture, and it’s fucking wrong in every sense of the phrase.
Whether you hate the crime or hate the person is irrelevant. It’s so easy to say “Well you shouldn’t have been doing anything wrong” when someone gets a huge, ludicrous sentence like this, because those are numbers we can’t even conceive.
Here is the bottom line. If you have a house filled with things and someone breaks in, steals the lot, and gets caught in the act, he’s a criminal and he deserves punishment equal to the crime. I’ve been using that as a guiding metaphor but it really has no bearing here.
AT&T isn’t pressing charges because it had its customer’s information stolen. Certainly it isn’t pressing charges on behalf of its customers. It’s pressing charges because it was humiliated. The charges on hand are fucking ridiculous because it wants to send a message, and that message is: “Fuck with us, and we will ruin your life.”
AT&T has every right in the world to pretend it deserves to have every mouth wrapped around its cock, but it is the government’s duty to weigh the scales. Punishment should be EQUAL to the crime, and at no point is being treated like a terrorist equal to the act of revealing inadequate security.
Of course this curtails two separate but equal debates, the other being about the state of our prison system. Again, that bit is easy to ignore because “we” don’t think of ourselves as criminals, and we see the kind of people who go to prison as separate from “ourselves”, as automatically deserving of whatever punishment they get.
Well fuck that and fuck you. Criminals deserve to be punished for that actions, but human beings do not deserve to be treated like cattle, under any circumstances.
The sentence is harsh but don’t you feel his attempt at martyrdom has caused the situation he is in. And if he truly wants to be a martyr then this is what happens.