Former St. Louis resident sentenced on computer hacking charges

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A 29-year-old former St. Louis resident was sentenced Thursday after admitting to hacking a website associated with an Israeli-based business, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to court documents, Jonathan Cowden pleaded guilty last August to one felony count of computer fraud.

Cowden, who lived in San Diego, California until his conviction, admitted to hacking the business between November 2011 and January 2012. Those hacks were designed to seek out vulnerabilities in websites that he could later use to gain unauthorized access to data and information.

Cowden was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution to his victims.


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