Hacker known as KYAnonymous sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

03/09/2017 09:51 AM

Deric Lostutter, formerly of Winchester, Ky., who previously pleaded guilty on to charges of conspiring to illegally access a computer and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

Lostutter, 29, now lives in North Carolina, but returned to Kentucky to appear in court on Wednesday for hacking into a fan website for the Steubenville High School football team RollRedRoll.com in December 2012 in an attempt to draw national attention to a rape involving high school football players in the small town.

Noah McHugh, Lostutter’s co-conspirator known as “JustBatCat”, previously pleaded guilty in September 2016 to accessing a computer without authorization and has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

“Ensuring proper online security and privacy is critically important to all of us,” said Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Computer hacking and cyber harassment create real victims, causing enormous damage to real people, organizations, and institutions. This type of conduct simply cannot be tolerated and the great work of our FBI partners in this matter validates our ongoing efforts to protect the public from illegal computer intrusions and other cybercrime.”

Two football players found guilty of the August 2012 rape of an unconscious 16-year-old West Virginia girl served one and two years, respectively, in a juvenile facility.

The footbll players had been charged with the crime weeks after it occurred and months before Lostutter’s and McHugh’s hack of the Steubenville High School fan website, and coaches and school administrators have also been convicted of various charges related to their responses to the incident.

Previously Lostutter told U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves that he wanted to do something about a perceived cover-up of the incident “because no one else was.”

“We wanted to stand up for a girl who had no voice and went about it the wrong way,” he said.

Lostutter spoke to Pure Politics at length about the incident in 2013, prior to pleading guilty to two charges last year.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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