Man Who Hacked Farmers Insurance, Government Sentenced in California

April 20, 2015

A hacker who helped break into the computer systems of DirecTV, Farmers Insurance and the Los Angeles Department of Public Works is going to federal prison.

Mario Chuisano was given a three-year sentence last week and ordered to pay nearly $2.7 million in restitution.

Chuisano is from Staten Island, New York. Authorities say he was part of a hacker group called SwaggSec that carried out a series of computer attacks in 2012 and 2013, posting some stolen passwords and other information online.

cyber-theftIn the attack against LA’s public works department, the group stole emails, identity and health information for more than 3,000 people.

Chuisano pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to damage a protected computer and possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

Topics California Cyber Agribusiness

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