A former aide to two Democratic Congress members will be sentenced to four years in prison for data theft after committing five felony charges linked to "doxing" – or releasing personal information as home addresses – five Republican senators.
Jackson Cosko was convicted on Wednesday by Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court of the District of Columbia. Cosko was arrested in October 2018 to break into the office of his former employer, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. And steal private information before using it to "dox" several Republican senators by sending their personal contact information on Wikipedia.
Even after his arrest, Cosko, a supporter of the presidential candidate 2020 and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, continued my data through keystroke equipment he had installed on several computers in the Senate office. The device was first discovered after Cosko informed the authorities about their existence.
The prosecutor's office prosecuted by the prosecutor described the bulk of Cosko's accusations, including "a month-long burglary crime and sophisticated computer crimes directed against the office of" Hassan and "evil publishing" personal information by senators Lindsay Graham, Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell.
He also prevented justice by trying to "silence a witness by threatening to release the private health information of a senator's child, because he injured another person and convinced her to try to" wipe down "his burglary" and try to destroy evidence in his own apartment.
The quotation describes Cosko's crime as reflecting "a deliberate evil and self-right".
His data thief has been described as the largest in Senate's history. Prosecutors said that Cosko's crime was motivated by his rage that he was fired by Hassan and his political anger against the Republicans. They said he "wanted to punish people who didn't agree with their policies".
Cosko, a self-proclaimed supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Argued that he was angry at the Senate Republicans over their actions during the Supreme Court's confirmation hearings by Brett Kavanaugh. His defense claimed that their client was struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.
Prosecutors imprisoned 57 years in prison for Cosko, near the maximum permissible sentence for his crime, and wrote: "The government considers that a significant sentence would help clarify that political differences of opinion do not give people the right to participate in politically motivated, criminal attacks that threaten elected officials whom he disagrees with and would thereby encourage respect for the law and discourage future criminal behavior. "