I consider this a theft and should be dealt with accordingly. At the very minimum the value of the theft should be based on the resource value Comcast had to expend to determine and fix the hack. That should easily place it in the fed area.
No, it is vandalism. Just like say.. vandalizing parking meters (and before you say you don't pay for them.. you do, through your taxes), just because you cannot use it, and you may or may not get a parking ticket, does not make it theft, but vandalism.
Slash your tires you can not use your car either. Cut your power line, your electrical service is gone. Vandalism often has the consequence of denying the use of something. While there is liability on the part of the vandals for the lost service, it is not classified in the legal system as theft. -- Registered Bandwidth Offender #40812
I hope they don't stop with Comcast, this kind of thing should happen more often and to other companies as well. If companies did things that benefit the customer first instead their pockets, we would not need this.