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A former IT worker at a Florida medical facility has been jailed for 19 months after she was convicted of hacking into the network of her former employers, deleting records and locking out legitimate users by deleting passwords. Patricia Marie Fowler, 30, of Palmetto, Florida, mounted the attack on Suncoast Community Health …

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The law is an ass

...American law doubly so.

What on earth is the point of ordering someone to pay $17M damages, when the damage caused was calculated at $17K? If they were a multi-millionaire, maybe, but ordering someone to pay a fine that can never be paid is just being very, very silly and brings the law into ever more disrepute than it's already in. And still some people wonder why there's opposition in this country to allowing anyone at all to be extradited to the US to face 'justice'?

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Nothing happens without a reason

And the reason here, just possibly, could be to keep the subject within the legal system for the foreseeable future, by saddling them with a debt they can never repay.

Or it might be something else. But it's a thought.

GJC

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Is someone missing a decimal point here?

The article says:

"Damages were initially estimated at $17,000. However, a Florida court last week

ordered her to pay restitution of $17,243.01 as well as spending three years on

probation (supervised release) following her release."

That's a decimal point after the 17,243, so the total damages are seventeen thousand, two-hundred and forty three dollars and one US cent.

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@Colin Brett

The article has been edited, it previously said she had to pay $17m in damages.

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article updated?

...and the article when originally published clearly said $17 million - could El Reg please publish a prominent note when they correct articles, so that comments don't end up looking strange? One really doesn't want to 'be the first to comment' if an unmarked editorial update makes your comment seem nonsense.

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Re: @Colin Brett

Yes. Can you all pipe down now? Ta.

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Re: article updated?

To be fair, most comments on here look like nonsense, regardless.

I had to say it.

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Read numbers much

17k vs 17.4K not million

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$17million?

I thought you had to be looking for evidence of UFOs before you could cause that much damage to a computer network?

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Not a BOFH

A BOFH doesn't get *caught*. And if they do, they don't confess, they simply arrange for the police involved to be locked in the tape safe. Then the BOFH frames them for accepting bribes to frame the BOFH.

Also: I've always wondered about these gigantic damages awards. 17M is more than most people earn in their whole life. How does the criminal have any incentive to even try to pay it if they can never, ever eliminate the debt?

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Talk about over punishment

Bad though the crime clearly is, how precisely do they expect this lady to find $17 million? Beyond bank robbery?

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Sounds like a fair, reasonable fine.

That's right, surely she'll be able to manage to pay 17 million dollars of restitution, especially after jailtime and during three years of supervision.

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And the moral of this story is:

Once you've been arrested the only things you should allow out of your mouth should be vomit, blood and the words "I want to speak to my lawyer"

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But

Did she hack in, or did they just not bother to change the admin passwords?

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BOFH?

If she was the BOFH, perhaps "they" did not know how to change the admin password. She obviously had admin priveleges, if she could change other people's passwords, or the system was so insecure that a five-year-old could have hacked it.

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$17million

If you going to award stupid damages in a case, why not go for $100 Miiiiiiillion dollars?

<raises pinky to corner of mouth>

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Monkey - where did you get $17m from?

There is a decimal point in there.....

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causing damage of at least $17,000. The court also ordered Fowler to pay restitution of $17,243.01 and to be placed on supervised release for three years after serving her sentence of confinement.

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17m

Came from some who wanted to make an anti American rant so he saw what was not there .

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restitution

What is the point of fining an unemployed, low paid sys admin 17 Million dollars?

What a stupid legal system

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boo

*alters alert to only show articles by Simon Travaglia*

i'd gotten my hopes up then....

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Damages are wrong

"...The court also ordered Fowler to pay restitution of $17,243.01 and to be placed on supervised release for three years after serving her sentence of confinement...."

That's $17k US not $17m.

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@The law is an ass

" Damages were initially estimated at $17,000. However, a Florida court last week ordered her to pay restitution of $17,243.01 as well as spending three years on probation "

Please RTFA before engaging keyboard.

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Proof positive that the register has commentartds

how many people didn't bother reading the article and just started spouting a $17 million figure was too much?

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If she wasn't angry before......

.....she will be now. Her next attack wont be one they can detect.

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These comments deliver

Worth $17m for these comments alone. And you people are eligable to vote....

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cough COUGH

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small fine

can't believe they only made her pay $17 million...

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corporate firewall password

> Fowler was identified as a potential suspect but denied culpability until she confessed during an interview with FBI agents and supplied the revised password of the corporate firewall.

Isn't there anyone in Florida that knows how to reset a password with physical access to the hardware?

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Password recovery

"Isn't there anyone in Florida that knows how to reset a password with physical access to the hardware?"

For $17,000, yes :-)

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the first rule is to never talk

and the second rule is to never talk

and the third rule, if you're too stupid to understand rules 1 and 2: never admit anything...ever!

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Only $17m....

& how would Sir like his money?

In quarters or nickels?

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Insubordination?

You can actually be sacked for insubordination in the land of the free?

As is often the case with the media (even including El Reg) we have only been given half a story - what was the act of insubordination fopr which she was sacked?

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