Gonzalez: Asperger’s made me do it. Bah humbug
No it didn’t. Stop the lie now because it’s selfish and potentially, incredibly harmful to all the smart, talented people with autism and Asperger’s who are positive contributing members of society. Stop blaming your hacking ways — and other criminal pursuits — on Asperger Syndrome. That’s my message to the the most infamous computer hackers of the moment. Viachelav Berkovich earlier this year was sentence to 55 months in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar computer fraud scheme and cited Asperger Syndrome. Gary McKinnon, the admitted Pentagon hacker, played the Asperger’s card in his defense. Now comes the mastermind behind one of the biggest cases of credit card fraud in U.S. history: Albert Gonzalez. He is accused of hacking into consumer accounts at TJ Maxx, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Sports Authority and stealing the numbers to millions of credit and debit card accounts. Gonzalez, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, is blaming Asperger’s although it’s unclear if he even has a diagnosis. His sentencing has now been delayed. Honestly, I can’t say whether any of these guys are on the spectrum or not. But when you break the law, when you understand right from wrong and choose the latter, when you are of average and higher-than-average intelligence as are people with Asperger Syndrome — you ought to take responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame Asperger Syndrome, blame yourselves.
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