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The story won't load for me, but I'm curious how they arrived at the figure of $1B in damages. If he was merely breaking in to get information, how does that equate to monetary loss? Did they spend a billion dollars to upgrade network security and trace the intrusions? If so, there was obviously a stupendously inefficient use of funds.
Its also quite interesting that his motivations are so different from the run of the mill hackers(crackers) who are always causing trouble across the internet; most are out to spread some political message, steal credit card information, or just tag websites with their handle and some shoutouts.