May 10, 2006
Spammer Gets Five Years In PrisonTopics: Internet Security
Chalk one up for the good guys - I only wish he'd gotten life instead!
Jeanson James Ancheta, 21, was sentenced to 57 months in jail, for building a network of 400,000 slaved PCs and using it to install adware and send spam.
Ancheta came to the attention of the authorities after trying to infect computers at the weapons division of the US Naval Air Warfare Centre in China Lake and the Defence Information Systems Agency.Read more ...
Ancheta admitted that he made around $3,000 by renting out his computer botnet in the knowledge that it would be used to launch distributed denial of service attacks and to send or relay spam. He advertised his botnets online under the heading 'botz4sale'.
Ancheta also admitted generating more than $107,000 in advertising affiliate proceeds by downloading adware to more than 400,000 infected computers that he controlled for himself and a co-conspirator who was not indicted.
From Kelly Martin at Security Focus, we learn that botnets are a major source of evil on the Internet, from spam, phishing attacks, virus propagation and denial-of-service attacks to the stealing of financial information and other illegal activity. A "botnet" is an illegal collection of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of compromised computers all being controlled with a common infrastructure - "There's even one case where a real botnet was found with about 1.5 million machines under one person's control". According to Symantec's latest Internet Threat Report, 26% of all bot-infected computers are also located in the United States - making it the number one source of bots. Spammers and operators of botnets deserve every year in prison they're given - and more.
Posted by Richard at May 10, 2006 7:15 AM
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