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Private Eye Could Be Sentenced For Hacking Email

A private detective hired by the church of Scientology may be sentenced by a federal judge this week if prosecutors have their way. Eric Saldarriaga allegedly hacked into and stole messages from the private email account of a journalist who was investigating the church. "Unlike defendants in a gun or drug case, who often act without reflection, there is reason to believe that individuals who engage in hacking and other forms of cybercrime can be deterred by a substantial threat of penalties," a prosecutor working the United States attorney for Manhattan wrote in a pre-sentencing memorandum submitted this week.

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