Monday, October 10, 2005

Arrests & Conviction roundup

Looks like it has been a good week against the bad guys...

Jail time for UK hackers
Two men were sentenced to jail for their roles in creating the self-replicating TK worm that created a global rogue network of compromised PCs for an international hacking group.

Dutch police nab suspected bot herders
Dutch police have arrested three individuals suspected of hacking into more than 100,000 computers worldwide and using the hijacked systems in online crimes. The 3 individuals, whose names were not disclosed, allegedly commandeered the computers using malicious code known as a Trojan horse. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected, prosecutors said. Investigators accuse the suspects of hacking into computers, destroying computer networks and installing adware and spyware. The suspects are also thought to have sold their services to others, writing viruses that were designed to steal login data for online banking.

Legal action against 757 file sharers
Legal action has been taken against 757 people in the US accused of using file-sharing networks to illegally share music online. The BBC reports that the total number of copyright infringement cases by the U.S. music industry is 14,800 and the Recording Industry Association says that 64 of those charged in the latest action were fans that used college networks. So far more than 14,000 people in 12 countries have faced legal action for allegedly swapping music tracks online.

Man guilty of accessing tsunami site
A computer consultant has been convicted of gaining unauthorized access to a Web site collecting donations for victims of last year's Asian tsunami, even though the judge hearing the case accepted that he meant no harm. Cuthbert, who at the time of his arrest had been employed by global banking group ABN Amro to carry out security testing, had pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was fined about $700 (400 pounds) plus about $1,050 for costs.

Government cracks down on Spyware operation
WASHINGTON - Government regulators are trying to shut down a company they say secretly downloaded spyware onto the computers of unwitting Internet users, rendering them helpless to a flood of pop-up ads, computer crashes and other annoyances.

FTC sues company over spyware
The Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has sued a company it says secretly installed spyware and adware purporting to be peer-to-peer file sharing software. The company offered claims such as "Download music without fear," and "Don't let the record companies win," but in reality did things like rewriting search engine results and generating pop-up ads, the agency said.

Man charged in Katrina web scam
A Florida man who collected nearly $40,000 over the Web for Hurricane Katrina humanitarian relief was indicted on fraud charges Monday.

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