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Hacker Who Got into Springfield's Website Headed to Prison

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Toledo, Ohio is sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for hacking into the City of Springfield's website more than a year and a half ago.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Toledo, Ohio is sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for hacking into the City of Springfield's website more than a year and a half ago.

According to a news release from the City of Springfield, John Anthony Borell III pleaded guilty to computer fraud.  Borell hacked into the website in February, 2012, exposing the personal information of about 2,100 people, most of whom had filed online police reports through the city's site. 

According to the release, the City offered the potentially affected individuals a one-year subscription with Trusted ID, an identity theft protection company. About 400 individuals accepted that offer.

The City's site underwent extensive security upgrades and was brought back up to full operation in March, 2012.

Borrell was sentenced in federal court in Salt Lake City late last week and given a 3 year prison sentence and ordered to pay the city nearly $31,000.

He also admitted hacking into other police websites, including Syracuse, New York and the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association. He will also have to pay restitution to those cities.  Prosecutors claim Borell, 22, was linked to the hacking group Anonymous.

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