The Washington Post reports that the US Department of Justice is investigating Alexandra Elbakyan. The Kazakh national (but self-identified Russian) has been hailed as the Robin Hood of scientific publication, as she's used her service, Sci-Hub, to make scientific papers freely available, taking them from behind the publishers' paywalls and offering them up to anyone. That's controversial enough in itself, since the publishers regard Sci-Hub's activities as nothing more nor less than theft, but that's not what'd drawn the attention of Justice. Their investigators think there's a good chance Ms Elbakyan is engaged in espionage, that she's a GRU asset working on behalf of Russia. There's another problem: Sci-Hub works mainly by using stolen credentials to gain access to the material it republishes.
Another contractor has earned himself a jail sentence for hacking his customer. In this case the motive was apparently resentment rather than financial gain. Scott Burn, of Mortley Leeds, England, who worked for IT contractor Blue Chip, received a ten-month prison sentence after admitting that he disrupted the IT networks of British discount airline Jet2, ZDNet says. He succeeded in shutting the networks down for some twelve hours on January 18th of this year, costing Jet2 £165 thousand, or about $215 thousand. Why did he do it? He was "finally sick and tired of BC/Jet2" according to messages found on his devices, so there's the motive.
Back in the US, Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Latvian national, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment and two subsequent years of supervised release. He's also been assessed a $49.7 million fine and ordered to pay $26.5 million in restitution. His crime was to defraud Facebook and Google of a cool $120 million. He set up a company that used the name "Quanta Computer," which is also the name of a legitimate contract manufacturer based in Taiwan. The real Quanta Computer is also a vendor to both Google and Facebook, and Mr. Rimasauskas convinced the two companies to pay him $120 million for services not rendered. Latvia extradited Mr. Rimasauskas to the US in 2017, and he'll be spending the next several years as a guest of the US Federal Bureau of Prisons.