Friday, November 04, 2005

Botnet mastermind charged

Botnets are big business—at least according to authorities who announced the first U.S. case against an alleged computer hacker, who authorities believe netted $60,000 in cash and a BMW from a personal army of zombie computers. Federal authorities arrested a 20-year-old California man Thursday and charged him with running a network of 400,000 compromised computers called a "botnet," including computers used by the U.S. government for national defense.

Jeanson James Ancheta, of Downey, Calif., was arrested by FBI agents Thursday morning and charged with spreading a Trojan horse program, called "rxbot," and using it to build a network of around 400,000 infected computers. He is also charged with illegally uploading advertising software ("adware") onto compromised systems. Among Ancheta's alleged victims were computers at the Weapons Division of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, and machines belonging to the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency, according to a statement from Debra Wong Yang, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.

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