PSN hacker suspect destroys all evidence and escapes FBI investigation
One of the suspects behind a 2008 PlayStation Network hack was sentenced yesterday, and that swift hammer of justice doled out one year of house arrest.
Todd Miller, a 23-year-old man from Columbus, Ohio was being investigated by the FBI for his involvement in the global hacking, reports the Columbus Dispatch. However, when they returned to his house again to continue the investigation with a search warrant they found all of his computers were smashed to pieces and his harddrives were all gone.
Remarkably, the gambit actually worked. Without those pieces of evidence the FBI was stopped cold in their tracks. He was punished for destroying evidence, not the hack itself.
Miller faced a potential punishment of up to 20 years in prison and $250,000, but was instead was given three years probation and an order to get his high school equivalency.
He said in his sentencing that he was “immature and ignorant and caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time” when he destroyed the computers. “You will not see me again,” Miller told the judge.