Cracking down on bot harvesters

“SAN FRANCISCOA 20-year-old hacker admitted Monday to surreptitiously seizing control of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers, using the resulting network to serve pop-up ads and renting it to people who mounted attacks on Web sites and sent out spam”

”…FBI released a report that estimates viruses, worms and Trojan horse programs like the ones Ancheta employed cost organizations $11.9 billion each year.”

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“The four charges could result in a maximum of 25 years of prison time and fines of $1 million, if the judge in the case rules that the sentences should be served consecutively and levies the maximum fine.”

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