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Inmate gets 18 months for prison hack

Inmate gets 18 months for prison hack

A former prison inmate is now to serve 18 months for hacking the facilities computer network and stealing personal details of over 1100 employees and sharing them with other inmates.

Francis G Janosko, 44 received the sentence this week in federal court in Boston after pleading guilty to the hacking offenses in September – he was originally jailed for child pornography charges. In 2006 Francis hacked a ‘thin client’ that was connected to a prison server to access the employee database for the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts. He managed to acquire the names, addresses, dates of birth and social security number of the employees as well as their personal telephone numbers. Once he had these he passed them out to other inmates in the facility.

The system he hacked was only intended to run a legal research program however he used it to get access to a number of restricted services. He was even able to access the internet to download photos and videos of prison employees and even aerial shots of the prison.

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