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Hacker sentenced to 3 years for law enforcement website attacks

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Sep 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-12 15:04:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY — An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to hacking into the website of the Salt Lake City Police Department and other law enforcement websites was sentenced to three years in federal prison.

John Anthony Borell III was also sentenced to three years probation and pay more than $227,000 in restitution. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby ordered Borell to undergo mental health evaluations, substance abuse treatment and submit to have his computer and Internet activities be monitored.

Borell said nothing as he entered the federal courthouse on Thursday. He held the hand of his wife, whom he had recently married. Judge Shelby expressed confidence that Borell would not reoffend, noting his new marriage.

“You have to make a decision to put it all behind you and hold yourself accountable,” the judge said.

Under the name “Its Kahuna,” Borell admitted to taking down the SLC PD’s website, as well as other law enforcement sites across the country.

In an interview with FOX 13 over Twitter, “ItsKahuna” claimed to be a part of the Internet collective known as “Anonymous,” and had claimed responsibility for the hacking to protest a bill in the Utah State Legislature that would have made possessing graffiti tools a crime.

Borell was allowed to surrender to the federal prison system after the Thanksgiving holiday.