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Man gets 30 months for selling access to botnet

Ran a network of over 70,000 computers
Fri Sep 07 2012, 09:42

A MAN who pleaded guilty to running a botnet that infected 72,000 computer has been sentenced to thirty months in prison.

Joshua Schichtel, 30, sold command and control access to his botnet, according to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and copped to being paid $1,500 by at least one customer to use it.

He pleaded guilty last year to one count of attempting to cause damage to multiple computers without authorisation by the transmission of programs, codes or commands, which says the DoJ is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

After his 30 month sentence he must serve three years of supervised release, added the DoJ.

It is unknown how much trouble he caused with his botnet since the DoJ fingered Schichtel for only the one sale. However, the DoJ suggests that this was not an isolated incident, saying that individuals who wanted to infect computers with malware would contact him and pay for access to his botnet. µ


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