Representatives from both the Long Beach district attorney and public defenders offices refused to comment on the case, given Cosmo’s status as a juvenile. However, according to Cosmo, the terms of the plea place him on probation until his 21st birthday. During that time, he cannot use the internet without prior consent from his parole officer. Nor will he be allowed to use the Internet in an unsupervised manner, or for any purposes other than education-related ones. He is required to hand over all of his account logins and passwords. He must disclose in writing any devices that he has access to that have the capability to connect to a network. He is prohibited from having contact with any members or associates of UG Nazi or Anonymous, along with a specified list of other individuals. He had to forfeit all the computers and other items seized in the raid on his home. Also, according to Cosmo, violating any of these terms will result in a three-year prison term.
I also hear he also has to mow the lawn and take out the garbage for the next six years. No word yet on his parents’ policy on desserts, but he definitely isn’t getting any ice cream with his pie until at least 2015. According to one defense lawyer who handles cases involving members of Anonymous and LulzSec, this punishment is unduly harsh:
“Ostensibly they could have locked him up for three years straight and then released him on juvenile parole,” Jay Leiderman, a Los Angeles attorney who has represented alleged members of Anonymous and LulzSec, told Wired. “But to keep someone off the Internet for six years — that one term seems unduly harsh. You’re talking about a really bright, gifted kid in terms of all things Internet. And at some point after getting on the right path he could do some really good things. I feel that monitored Internet access for six years is a bit on the hefty side. It could sideline his whole life–his career path, his art, his skills. At some level it’s like taking away Mozart’s piano.”
You might consider that an odd comparison, but Mozart did write a song called ‘Lick me in my ass.’ After some scholarly analysis I do find parallels between this 1782 canon and the 2012 hacking of UFC.com. But as far as this lawyer guy going “Six years no internet is just beyond the pale!” … keep in mind that in addition to website defacing, Cosmo was also involved in releasing the credit card information of over half a million people. I’m not about to jump on board with the people calling hackers terrorists and demanding they be locked away in dank dungeons somewhere, but let’s not pretend it’s all harmless lulz here. The kid is lucky he didn’t get made an example of.