There is a great deal of misinformation being spread by propagandists claiming that a certain hacker faces more jail time than alleged rapists. This is not exactly true.

First and foremost the person has yet to be charged with a crime. Yes, there had to be enough probable cause for the FBI to be granted the search warrant by a judge.

The next step is for the FBI to do a forensic examination of the items seized to determine what evidence is there. Then the evidence will be reviewed to determine if there is enough to present to a prosecuting attorney and ultimately to a grand jury.

In addition, at any time the government could offer the accused any number of options from plea bargaining to immunity from prosecution for his assistance in gathering information on OTHERS involved with the incidents being investigated.

The next myth to be rebuked is that the rapists in the case that caused this comparison is going to fare better than the alleged hacker. Nothing could be further than the truth.

The convicted rapists have, in fact, received a life sentence. They will forever be labeled registered sex offenders and will suffer the indignity of having to abide by the laws regarding reporting requirements.

They will find that these convictions will effect them socially and may also make higher education and gainful employment more difficult since this was a high profile rape case.

The worse that will happen to the hacker, on the other hand, will be that he may serve a jail term and then, perhaps serve some kind of probation.

There is no such thing as a “registered hacker list” which means that as time goes on, he will blend into society easier and can look forward to a better life than the convicted rapists.

The hacker certainly will NOT face the stigma that the convicted rapists will face for the rest of their lives.

Stay tuned