St. Louis & San Diego:
Jonathan Cowden sentenced to 15 Months Prison on Hacking Charges

A man formerly from St. Louis now living in San Diego was behind the series of online attacks against an Israeli organization.

Jonathan Cowden, 27, used hacking tools to attack Nefesh B’Nefesh, an Israeli organization that assists immigrants to that country, between November 2011 and January 17th, 2012 . Cowden stole data, damaged computers and boasted about his exploits on Twitter as “_AnonymouSTL_” and elsewhere.

Cowden was indicted on January 9th 2012 on a charge of accessing a protected computer without authorization, but the indictment was sealed until Cowden’s arrest January 18th 2012 in San Diego, where he moved to in the summer of 2011. There he pleaded not guilty in the U.S. District Court in San Diego.

In court documents, Cowden told court officials that he earns 4.000 USD a month working for a company that advertises its ability to keep companies’ online data safe. In at least one online profile, he billed himself as a “White Hat” hacker, someone who helps organizations identify security vulnerabilities.

According to a cyber attack timeline on, the Nefesh incident was part of a series of attacks against Israeli targets. The total cost of the breach was estimated at 180.000 USDollar, and Nefesh had 594 names, addresses and encrypted passwords stolen, the site notes.

On March 27th 2014 Jonathan Cowden was sentenced to 15 months of imprisonment resulting from his conviction for hacking a website associated with an Israeli-based business. Cowden was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his hacking crimes.

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