A former Massachusetts prison inmate has been given an 18-month prison
sentence for hacking prison computers while he was incarcerated.

Francis "Frank" Janosko, 44, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston
for abusing a computer provided by the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.
The computer had been set up to help inmates with their legal research.

In 2006, Janosko managed to circumvent computer controls and use the machine
to send e-mail and cull data on more than 1,100 Plymouth County prison employees.
He gained access to sensitive information such as their dates of birth, Social
Security Numbers, telephone numbers, home addresses and employment records.

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