Hacker Banned From Internet
Internet hackers are notorious for not only causing destruction online, but also with taunting their subjects with their intelligence and their ability to avoid prosecution. However, a man from Galveston, Texas named Higinio Ochoa has been caught after hacking into the internal systems of various U.S. law enforcement agencies and creating all sorts of problems. Apparently, he gained access to the networks and proceeded to delete large amounts of files and personal data and create fake events in the network. He was ironically caught after posting photographs of his girlfriend on the internet with his hacker name attached, which was connected to him. The Federal Bureau of Investigation connected the username to Ochoa and he was subsequently caught and later convicted of his crimes.
Although he was apprehended for his actions, he is still working as a programmer, which is actually pretty common, due to the fact that law agencies are very much interested in working with a person who has the ability to infiltrate the types of systems he hacked. The truly ironic thing about his story is the punishment he received. He is officially no longer allowed to use the internet. He actually has to develop code offline and send it to his boss via snail mail, which is incredibly stunning when you consider the fact that an actual programmer is not allowed to use the internet, but is still functioning quite well. He has officially been banned from touching anything that can even be considered related to the internet, for fear from the government of what he may do if he gets online and he can’t even browse through his Netflix profile. When he wants to order a movie, he has to have his girlfriend log in and browse through the titles for him.
Although he has stated to the media that it is a bit frustrating having to work as a programmer in this fashion, he has the utmost confidence that he will be back online eventually. Many hackers that have been convicted are highly sought out for their ability to strengthen and protect databases that contain important information and he absolutely knows this. More than likely he will be put through a probationary period, before being recruited to work for a company, or in essence, to turn to the good side, rather than causing havoc to other people’s systems. In the meantime, however, he is going to accept the fact that he has been convicted, cannot access the internet for any reason and must deal with the consequences that resulted from his actions. With so many important documents and information online today, perhaps this is a great way to punish hackers who have wreaked havoc online and caused destruction to different databases. The threat of being banned from the internet is probably the biggest punishment that they can imagine in their eyes and therefore, this may be a great method for judges to utilize in the future.