Friday, May 12, 2006

E-Crime and Hacking

US hacker gets five years in the slammer

A US man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison after he was found guilty of illegally controlling around 400,000 third party PCs for the purposes of launching malware attacks.

Jeanson James Ancheta, 21, from California, rented out space on this zombie network of compromised machines for the sending of spam and malware, and also for launching denial of service attacks.

Among the machines infected by Ancheta were computers at the US military test base at China Lake in the Mojave Desert. Ancheta was ordered to pay the US Navy $15,000 in damages as well as surrendering $60,000 in proceeds from his crimes.

Ancheta advertised his zombie network - or botnet - on his own website called botz4sale.


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