Disney Cruise Ship Rescues Hacking Suspect

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A Disney cruise ship has rescued a suspected computer hacker after their boat came into difficulties, just days after the same ship, Disney Wonder, rescued 12 Cubans. 

According to NBC News, Martin Gottesfeld, a suspected Anonymous member, was sailing with his wife onboard a sailboat near Cuba, when he made a distress call, to which the cruise ship responded. Gottesfeld and his wife had been missing for four weeks and was found with luggage and three laptops, when rescued by the cruise ship.

The 31-year-old suspected hacker from Massachusetts, was arrested by the FBI in Miami on Wednesday in connection with an alleged computer attack on Boston Children’s Hospital in 2014, when a 16-year-old girl was held against her will at a secure unit at the hospital.

Doctors at the hospital suspected the girl had been abused and placed her in a psychiatric ward, which resulted in a legal battle that the parents eventually won.

The FBI says Gottesfeld and Anonymous are responsible for shutting down the hospital’s servers, costing the hospital $300,000 in damages during the week-long attack.

Martin Gottesfeld appeared in court on Wednesday on conspiracy charges. He faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.


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