It's still vivid in my mind, a few years ago, the footage of a swat team manhandling a fat kid, presumably throwing him into jail. His crime? Making the blatantly easy to avoid, yet widely destructive modification of the blaster worm, thus sadly proving the 'lolinturnet' mentality of America.
Jail time? They're still the devious programmer on the inside.
House arrest and ban from computers? Phreaking, handheld devices. They will find a way.
Punishments will only result in temporarily stifling a hacker. Theres no mental reform.
Heres how the Lovsan incident would have gone if I were in charge:
The swat team breaks down the door, yelling, and everything else they do to psyche up the criminals. They listen carefully and hear an electric humming from behind one of the doors. They break it down, and find the hacker holed up in the corner, next to a large computer, glowing with neon lights.
One man grabs him and pushes his back against the wall, whilst the others open up the panneling of the computer, and as he watches helpless and screaming, proceed to shoot a load inside it, one in the keyboard, two or three on the exposed hard drive(s).
Without further warning, they drop him to the ground, crying like they killed his mother, and storm out of the building to their truck.
They never speak to him again
Thats the way to do it. Assuming he does not kill himself, and is able to work through the inevidable mental damage, there's a pretty good chance he will never touch another computer as long as he lives.
I'm considering sending this near fool-proof suggestion to the government.