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Another hacker pleads guilty

by Nikola Strahija on January 24th, 2006 Jeanson James Ancheta, accused of running botnets – and making money with it, pleaded guilty to four charges and could face between five and 25 years in prison. This is the first time in America that a hacker has been convicted not only for creating and spreading malicious code but also for making money from it.

Ancheta pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, one for selling botnets that were used to launch Internet-based attacks and send spam, and the other for directing botnets to adware servers that downloaded adware surreptitiously to the hijacked systems.

Ancheta also pleaded guilty to government intrusion for breaking into computers at both the Weapons Division of the United States Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, and the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component of the US Department of Defense. The last count in the guilty plea is computer fraud, for accessing computers without authorization with the intent of profiting from it.

James Aquilina, assistant US attorney with the cyber and intellectual property crimes section said: -Ancheta made about a profit of about $3,000 from selling botnets, and about $60,000 from the adware scam.'

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Ancheta must surrender more than $58,000 in profits and give up a BMW he purchased with money from illegal activity, as well as computers and other evidence seized in the investigation.

In addition, he has agreed to pay the U.S. government restitution of about $20,000 for infecting computers.

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