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Stratfor Hacker Gets 10 Years In Prison

A U.S. man who pleaded guilty to hacking into the servers of global intelligence company Startfor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Jeremy Hammond, 28, was sentenced in New York on November 15.

He was arrested in March 2012 following a raid based on information provided by an FBI informant who had infiltrated the Internet activist group Anonymous.

Prosecutors said Hammond's cyberattacks affected 1 million people.

Hammond says his activities were acts of civil disobedience aimed to reveal information people had a right to know.

Much of the material Hammond is accused of having stolen from Stratfor in 2011 was published by the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks.

Several thousand people have signed an online petition in support of Hammond.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP