A hacker who operated a botnet of 72,000 infected computers has been jailed for 30 months in the United States, sending a stark warning to other cybercriminals that such activities will not be tolerated.

A hacker who operated a botnet of 72,000 infected computers has been jailed for 30 months in the United States, sending a stark warning to other cybercriminals that such activities will not be tolerated.

 
Joshua Schichtel, from Pheonix, Arizona, received the sentence after he was found guilty of hijacking the computers of thousands of people and renting the network out for the spread of further malware or spam messages.
 
The man received payments from other cybercriminals for the use of his botnet, with one such incident netting him $1,500. It is not clear exactly how much money in total he made off the illegal enterprise.
 
 
Once Schichtel is released he will have to spend three years in a supervised release programme, which will limit his access to computers and the internet.
 
Three other people were arrested with Schichtel in 2004, but the cases against them had to be dropped after the US government failed to file an indictment in time.
 
Source: BBC
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