Saturday, October 11, 2008

CastleCops Attacker Sentenced to Prison

Via The (Vacaville, California) Reporter.

A Fairfield computer hacker once known as "'Silenz" and "sZ" has been sentenced to two years in prison.

United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Tuesday that Gregory King, 21, of Fairfield, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was ordered to pay $69,000 in restitution following a guilty plea to two counts of transmitting code to cause damage to a protected computer.

King reportedly admitted to using a "botnet" to conduct distributed-denial-of-service attacks against two different business Web sites - Killanet and Castlecops.

In such an attack, the hacker uses a system of malware-infected, zombie computers to flood victim computers with information and thereby disable them.

King was arrested on Oct. 1, 2007, after FBI agents raided his home and seized a laptop computer containing botnet software and references to King's different Internet monikers.

More here.

1 Comments:

At Sat Jan 24, 05:53:00 PM PST, OpenID obbop said...

The public needs to send a stern message to the "script kiddies."

A 30 year term at hard labor with no parole will send that message.

Even better, let us emulate China!!!

A bullet to the back on the neck ensures the anti-social vermin will never re-offend and the message is a strong one, indeed.

The same sentence for the massive spammers and those stealing personal information such as credit card information etc. may curtail those cyber-thieves.

 

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