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Defendant in Computer Hacking Case gets 18 Months in Prison

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge in Delaware has sentenced a Canadian man to 18 months in prison for his role in an international hacking ring that gained access to an Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers.

Twenty-two-year-old David Pokora of Ontario was sentenced Thursday. Prosecutors say he is the first foreign hacker to be sentenced after being convicted in the United States of computer theft of trade secrets from American companies.

Pokora pleaded guilty last fall to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. Three U.S. residents also have pleaded guilty in the case and await sentencing.

Prosecutors say the hackers once gained access to an Army computer system through hacking of a game company working on flight-simulation software to train Apache helicopter pilots.

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