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Arizona man sentenced to prison for cyberattack

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jun 19, 2018

An Arizona man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for his conviction in a 2015 cyberattack that interrupted communications equipment for emergency workers in Madison, Wisconsin.

Randall Charles Tucker of Apache Junction also was ordered at his sentencing Monday to pay $69,000 in restitution.
Tucker had previously pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging protected computers in the March 2015 attack in Madison.
He had been charged with hacking into municipal computer systems three years ago in two Phoenix suburbs, Chandler and Mesa, and attacking the Washington, D.C.-based News2Share site in 2014.
The charges from the attacks in Arizona and on the news site were dropped as part of the plea deal.
Authorities say the Madison attack caused internet-connected communication equipment used by emergency workers to become inaccessible or degraded.