Hacker 'gang' member headed to lock-up

A former member of a "hacker gang" Kryogeniks (the 21st Century version of the Jets and Sharks) is headed for four months in lock-up for his part in a 2008 exploit that replaced Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) homepage with an homage to other hackers.

James Robert Black Jr. (again, hardly Bernardo or Biff) carried the handle "Defiant" when he and a pair of hacker buddies took down Comcast's home page and webmail service for more than five hours. It was said to cost the company $128,000, to say nothing of the red faces around the IT department.

The 21-year-old Black got a break on his sentencing because, frankly, he's become something of a snitch, working as an informant in other cases.

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