The court had on March 31 found Prabhakar Sampath guilty under Section 66 of Information Technology Act. Apart from the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
Sampath was accused of hacking the servers of SIS Infotech Private Limited, a city-based company, Superintendent of Police (CID-cyber crimes) U Ramamohan said in a release today. The company sells market research reports.
Sampath, a B-Tech degree-holder working with an IT firm in Chennai, hacked the server online and downloaded confidential reports in 2008, the SP said.
"The accused was traced through technical investigation, and police seized a pen drive, computers systems from his house and workplace containing research reports," the release added.