Botmaster Gets 30 Months in Jail

This week Joshua Schichtel received a 30 month jail and was also ordered to three years of supervised release for selling access to botnets last august.

News sources report that the Department of Justice agreed to a 30 month term for one count of attempting to cause damage to multiple computers without authorization by the transmission of programs, codes or commands. Schichtel, 30, of Phoenix, Arizona, pled guilty to the charges.

Schichtel charges stem from allegations that he sold access to 72,000 computers which could  be potentially used in distributed denial of service attacks which can cripple corporate and Governmental networks by flooding them with requests. A single command can start a flood of packets which often last for days. Access was acquired through various viruses which installed backdoors onto the target computers.

Last month, Matjaž Škorjanc, 26, from Slovenia went on trial for masterminding the Mariposa botnet. The Mariposa botnet was rumoured to be installed on around 8 million infected c0mputers.

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