(Bloomberg) -- A fired Morgan Stanley financial adviser facing prison for downloading data on hundreds of thousands of customer accounts to a home server says he's been told the firm "suspected" Russian hackers got access to the information and offered to sell it on the Internet.

Galen Marsh is asking a judge to spare him from prison, saying all he was trying to do was analyze the client information from his New Jersey home before it was stolen and posted on the Internet. Federal officials have confirmed the data was "compromised" during the period it was stored on his private server, according to his lawyer.

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