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Tons of movies have characters who commit crimes in order to help their children or because they can’t earn money any other way. Of course, these characters arouse our sympathy: after all, they are only doing what they have to do! But how would that look today in real life?

In the Novgorod region, a 31-year-old fraudster was convicted and arrested. He was a member of a criminal gang involved in stealing money from bank cards of people living in various regions of Russia. Using malware, the criminal stole money from other people's bank accounts and then converted it to cash. Seventy people from different cities were impacted. They each lost from 4,500 to 19,000 rubles.

According to the fraudster, he was forced by circumstances to commit the crime and needed the money to get treatment for his little daughter who was suffering from several diseases.

The Borovichi District Court found the criminal guilty of computer fraud and guilty of the attempt to commit fraud on a large scale. The man got a suspended sentence of two years’ probation in lieu of three years in prison.

http://www.securitylab.ru/news/484860.php

Suppose the average amount stolen was 10,000 rubles. 70 victims. 700,000 rubles stolen. And the sentence is just probation. In other words, having stolen hundreds of thousands of rubles, the thief practically went unpunished.

Quite often, when passing a sentence, the courts consider whether the accused is pregnant; has young children or elderly dependent parents; is seriously ill, etc.

Minimal or probationary sentences for cybercriminals attract only the mass media’s attention.

But, when bribes or stolen funds amount to the same hundreds of thousands or millions, news of probationary or short sentences will cause enormous public outrage. And for some reason no one takes into account the fact that cybercriminals often steal ridiculous amounts of money.

#cybercrime #responsibility #hacker

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What do you think about the following?

  • Should a thief serve time in prison when there are extenuating circumstances if the article under which he/she was convicted warrants that form of punishment?
  • Should a criminal be sentenced to probation if the money he/she stole (perhaps from old age pensioners or the poor) was spent on charitable causes or medical treatment? If yes, explain why.

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