The sentences range from 20 to 32 months, with none of the defendants likely to serve the full time. There has been no formal request to extradite the U.K. men to the United States to face charges here.
This month's news briefs includes recent news on Mandiant uncovering China's cyber espionage efforts, security firm Bit9's breach, and the Obama administrations latest efforts on combating the theft of trade secrets.
Andrew Auernheimer is an alienating figure in certain web communities, but many security researchers have come to his defense, claiming he's a victim of an overreaching criminal justice system. Prosecutors disagree.
Whistleblowing organizations like WikiLeaks and accused hacktivists like Hammond are not foreign spies lusting to plunder intellectual property from U.S. corporations and government agencies in order to profit and gain a competitive advantage.