Columbian hacker gets 10 years in jail for spying

Bogota: A Colombian court sentenced hacker Andres Sepulveda to 10 years in prison after he admitted to various crimes, including spying on the government's peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

He has accepted the prosecution's offer of a reduced penalty in exchange for his cooperation.

Sepulveda was judged guilty of five crimes, including illegal interception and espionage, according to the sentence handed down by the 22nd Presiding Court of Bogota.

He must also pay a fine worth 120 of his current monthly minimum salaries as part of the agreement.

The Internet pirate was arrested in May 2014 after being traced to secret offices that hacked confidential information and messages, including one whose objective was to sabotage the peace process.

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