Russian cybercrime overlord jailed for spam botnet

A Russian cybercrime overlord has been jailed for four years for creating a spam botnet made up of over 30 million compromised computers.

A Russian cybercrime overlord has been jailed for four years for creating a spam botnet made up of over 30 million compromised computers.

 
27-year-old Georgiy Avanesov was arrested in 2010 at the Yerevan airport in Armenia. He was put on trial in the country and has been found guilty of computer sabotage. This is the first time the country has convicted a criminal of a computer-related offence.
 
Avanesov was responsible for the infamous Bredolab botnet, which began in 2009 and sent a whopping three billion spam messages every day, clogging the email accounts of millions and filling the web with malware.
 
 Russian cybercrime overlord jailed for spam botnet
 
The man earned a lucrative €100,000 a month, or €1.2 million a year, from the operation, which involved both sending spam and hiring out the botnet to other cybercriminals, who employed it to spread viruses or spam of their own.
 
The botnet was shut down in October 2010 by Dutch police, who managed to gain control of it. Despite Avanesov's attempts to recapture the network and hide his identity, police managed to track him down.
 
With four years in prison, Avanesov will have plenty of time to think about his future and whether or not the millions he amassed through other's misfortune was worth it. It also serves as a stark warning to other botnet operators around the world.
 
Source: BBC
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