Attribution is difficult and sometimes it seems that cybercriminals are beyond the long arm of the law. But hackers – some even foreign nationals – were increasingly brought to justice on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018 for various cybercrimes. They were indicted, arrested, convicted and, in many cases, sentenced and jailed for a variety of illegal or questionable activities from cyberespionage to politcal shenanigans, fraud, identity theft as well as election and nation-state cyberattacks.
February: The U.K. creator of malware resources Cryptex and reFUD.me, known on the dark web as KillaMuvz, was sentenced to two years in Blackfriars Crown Court in England after pleading guilty to charges under the Computer Misuse Act and Proceeds of Crime Act.
March: The 20-year-old founder of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp was sentenced to three months in prison, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit damage to a protected computer in December 2017 in the Northern District Court for the District of Illinois.
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