2 men get 18 months for attack on Comcast website

September 24, 2010

(AP) -- Two men who hacked into Comcast Corp.'s website have been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Twenty-year-old Christopher Lewis of Newark, Del., and 28-year-old Michael Nebel of Kalamazoo, Mich., were sentenced Friday in federal court in Philadelphia. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiring to disrupt service at .net.

The May 2008 cyber-attack on the Philadelphia-based cable giant redirected all traffic from Comcast's home page to sites that boasted of the hack.

Prosecutors say Comcast's home page was down for at least 90 minutes, affecting 5 million users.

A third man involved in the attack, James Black Jr. of Tumwater, Wash., was previously sentenced to four months in prison by a in Washington state.

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