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SEATTLE -- A man was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for launching a computer attack that hit tens of thousands of computers, including some belonging to the Department of Defense, a Seattle hospital and a California school district....
Maxwell and two juvenile co-conspirators were accused of using "botnet" attacks -- programs that let hackers infect and control a computer network -- to install unwanted internet advertising software, a job that earned them about $100,000.
Wired News story [wired.com]
Hackers used to be about intellectual curiosity, nowadays, stupid kiddies are spammers for hire.
Actually, there have always been malicious hackers, dating back to the days where phreakers subverted phone systems and compromised government computers.
The problem is proving they paid for it, otherwise rivals would advertise a company just to get it into trouble for spamming.
Better check again. Computer people are supremely qualified to do time in the joint.
We ALREADY sit in the same cubicle year after year, blankly staring straight ahead, and losing track of time.