If the us gov are trousering up to 14 mil in fines, it is unsurprising they would ding him so much. Worth their while innit?
Alleged SpyEye kingpin Hamza Bendelladj now faces a 23-count computer hacking and fraud indictment following his extradition from Thailand to the US last week. Bendelladj, a 24-year-old Algerian national, is suspected by the FBI of making millions from selling the SpyEye banking Trojan toolkit to cybercrooks through various …
"30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud along with fines of up to $14m."
If think McKinnon, "If extradited to the US and charged, McKinnon would face up to 70 years in jail", from Wikipedia and Aaron Swartz
"charges carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines plus 35 years in prison". Also from Wikipedia.
Is the US getting softhearted or should one read it as the bigger the crook (read senior Wall Street executives) the bigger the chance to have all forgotten as financial crimes are so hard to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" as Lanny Breuer so nicely put it.
Do you trust online banking?
These guys want to drain your bank account. Why would you want to bank or buy anything online? Wait a little longer and use a secure method rather than what you have. Internet Explorer 8, for example, was thought to be secure last month. Is what you use safe enough? Nobody knows.