Matthew Keys

Feds did not charge hacker

12 Nov, 2015

Wired reports that while Federal agents have known the identity of the hacker in Key’s case, the have not charged him. This is mainly because the hacker, known as ‘Sharpie,” is a 35-year-old man living in Stirling, Scotland. The FBI gave information about Sharpie to London’s Metropolitan Police, who passed it to the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. The SCDEA say they did not pursue charges because investigators never received enough information from US authorities to open a case. Keys’ lawyer:

I think it illustrates the difference in approach to hacking crimes in the UK as opposed to the United States. It wasn’t that big of a deal [to them] what happened. [The U.S. approach] is a disproportionate response to a minor event.

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