Spain's biggest hacker faces 40 years in jail

By Derek Sooman on
Jose Manuel Garcia Rodriguez aka Tasmania aka 'Fat Spaniard', faces 40 years in jail for hacking hundreds of thousands of euros from bank accounts. Arrested in July 2005 in Carcarana, Argentina, Jose Manuel Garcia Rodriguez fled Spain two years ago after being accused of stealing online banking passwords and breaking into accounts. On Friday he arrived at Madrid's Barajas Airport on a flight from Buenos Aires.

"Garcia Rodríguez is accused of being Spain's biggest ever hacker, and could face a sentence of up to 40 years in prison if the charges against him are proven," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "It's encouraging to see international authorities working closely together across continents to bring computer criminals to justice. If found guilty, el Gordo España could soon be on a prison diet of bread and water."

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