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Man Behind Phishing Attacks Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

A 27 year old man from Los Angeles has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for allegedly playing an active role in a phishing attack, aimed at stealing money from consumer bank accounts.

According to reports, Kenneth Joseph Lucas II, was just one culprit out of the 100 busted by the US and Egyptian authorities during the operation “Phish Phry” in 2009.

The two year long Operation Phish Phry saw US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Electronic Crimes Task Force and the US Attorney’s Office working in unison with the Egyptian law enforcement agencies.

The US District Court for the Central District of Los Angeles had sentenced Lucas to 11 years in prison late last week. He was found guilty of multiple charges including computer fraud, money laundering conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and bank and wire fraud.

However, the court gave him an additional five years of imprisonment for growing over 100 marijuana plants at his residence. Three of those additional 5 years run concurrent with the already issued sentence though, thus making it a total of 13 years of imprisonment for the convicted hacker.

Apparently, the court issued its verdict after making a rough estimation of the total amount lost during the phishing attack to be in excess of US $1 million.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.