US court today sentenced 29 year old Jonathan Cowden to 15 months in person after he was proved guilty of hacking the website of Nefesh B’Nefesh (Jewish Souls United), an organization that encourages and facilitates the immigration of Jewish people from North America and the UK to Israel. According to authorities the Cowden had earlier denied the charges.
However late in August 2013 he pleaded to be guilty and was tried of felony count of computer fraud, n violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030. Nefesh B’Nefesh was targeted in January 2012 for the hacktivist campaign “OpFreePalestine”. According to the FBI, Cowden has also been ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his cyberattacks.
The man hacked a number of websites between November 2011 and January 2012 by exploiting vulnerabilities that enabled him to gain access to sensitive information. The data he obtained was posted online on various websites such as Pastebin. He has been using the Twitter account @_AnonymousSTL_ before he was arrested in 2013.
He is also held responsible for hacking into number of other websites including TopLinks, the Bar-Ilan University’s Geography and Environment Department, the Israel Institute of Technology’s Cancer and Vascular Biology Research Center, ILAN and SNIP from which he had stolen a number of important data including email addresses, phone numbers.
From Nefesh B’Nefesh, he leaked 549 names, postal addresses, password hashes, email addresses and some emails. From his Twitter account, wrote several Pro- Messages including one that accused American Government of helping “Tyrannical Government of Israel”.
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