[ISN] Second hacker who entered Lowe's computers gets 26 months

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Fri Dec 17 03:25:52 EST 2004


By Paul Nowell 
Associated Press
December 17, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A second defendant was sentenced Thursday to more
than two years in federal prison for his role in a scheme to hack into
the Lowe's national computer system to steal credit card information.

U.S. District Judge Lacy Thornburg sentenced Adam Botbyl to two years
and two months. Another defendant, Brian Salcedo, was sentenced
Wednesday to nine years in prison. Both of the 21-year-olds are from

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Martens told the judge the defendants
tried to get data that could have caused huge economic losses for the
Mooresville-based home improvement chain and its customers.

"The damage that could have been caused by these defendants would have
been astronomical," he said. "The fact that it didn't happen wasn't
because they retreated. It's because the FBI caught them in the act."

Botbyl, who pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, could have
faced five years in prison.

"I would like to apologize to the court and to the victim, Lowe's," he
told the judge.

Salcedo pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy, transmitting computer
code to cause damage to a computer, unauthorized computer access and
computer fraud. A third defendant, Paul Timmins, awaits sentencing
after pleading guilty in the case.


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