Published time: January 22, 2015 20:28
In April the independent journalist entered a plea deal agreeing to charges of transmitting threats, acting as an accessory to hacking, and obstructing with the execution of a search warrant. In addition to the prison term, the 33-year-old has been ordered to pay nearly $900,000.
Brown had been facing a possible sentence of 8.5 years. His legal team and online supporters, however, argued that the more than two years the hacktivist had already spent in prison were enough.
The controversial case drew attention as a possible crackdown on free press when federal prosecutors charged Brown with fraud for merely sharing a link to a compilation of stolen credit card information from intelligence contractor Stratfor.
The charge was later dropped as part of plea deal he made in April.
The trove of data contained within the link related to subscriber data pilfered from Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, a private intelligence company, when it was hacked by Anonymous in December 2011. Thousands of emails obtained in that compromise were later given to the whistleblower website WikIleaks and were subsequently published online.