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.
Hackers used to be about intellectual curiosity, nowadays, stupid kiddies are spammers for hire. It's shame. Considering about half of spam come from zombie networks, I'm glad they're getting tough on it. I remember some sociopathic spammers (but I repeat myself) brought down the whole antispam company Blue Security for good with their DDOS attacks. Nobody should have that kind of disruptive power.
9:27 pm on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)
3 years isn't enough considering the amount of harm caused to the total people infected with their software.
I'm thinking the Death Penalty would make a point to the rest of them :)
10:03 pm on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)
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.
11:34 pm on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)
So he spends 8 months in the California sunshine weeding the garden at Club Fed, then he gets parolled. Big deal.
11:42 pm on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)
Not a big deal unless you're the one doing that time. Last I checked most computer-savvy people aren't cut out for doing a 3 year stretch (or 8 months for that matter).