A Scottish man who ran the m00p botnet network has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
Matthew Anderson , 33, of Drummuir in Scotland, ran a computer security business called Optom Security as a cover for an international operation devoted to stealing confidential information and identities. He was caught after a joint police investigation by UK and Finnish police.
"This organised online criminal network infected huge numbers of computers around the world, especially targeting UK businesses and individuals," said Detective Constable Bob Burls, from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).
"Matthew Anderson methodically exploited computer users not only for his own financial gain but also violating their privacy. They used sophisticated computer code to commit their crimes."
Police arrested three men in dawn raids over the scam, which was carried out between September 2005 and June 2006. Co-conspirator Artturi Alm pleaded guilty in Finland in 2008 and received a sentence of 18 days and a community service order. The third man was released without charge.
The judge complimented the PCeU for its work on the case, praise which was echoed in the security community.
"The PCeU and other international computer crime authorities should be congratulated for investigating this lengthy and involved case and bringing some of its perpetrators to justice," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.
"There needs to be more co-operation around the world to fight cybercrime, and governments need to provide the appropriate funding to investigators to send out a clear message that they're not being soft on those who abuse the internet."
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