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Men sentenced to prison for Comcast hijack

18 months in the slammer

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Two of the three men convicted of commandeering the comcast.net domain name have been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Christopher Allen Lewis, 20, of Delaware and Michael Paul Nebel, 28, of Michigan were also ordered to pay $89,778.13 in restitution each, according to federal prosecutors in Philadelphia. Part of a hacking crew called Kryogeniks, the men previously pleaded guilty to tricking a Comcast employee into turning over information that allowed them to access an email account used to maintain IP addresses for the comcast.net domain name.

As a result, people who tried to visit the site were redirected to a page that bragged about the exploit. The May 2008 hijacking cost Comcast $89,578.13, prosecutors claimed.

A third member, Robert Black Jr. of Washington state, was also charged, and according to The Philadelphia Business Journal, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to four months in prison and restitution of $128,577. ®

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