A Scottish man arrested as part of an investigation into the m00p botnet and hacking group has pleaded guilty to offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
Matthew Anderson used his computer security business Optom Security as a front for the m00p group, which wrote large amounts of malware to set up botnets of infected computers. He operated under the handles 'warpigs' and 'aobuluz'.
"This organised online criminal network infected huge numbers of computers around the world, especially targeting UK businesses and individuals," said DC Bob Burls from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).
"Matthew Anderson methodically exploited computer users not only for his own financial gain but to violate their privacy. As this case shows, criminals can't hide online and are being held to account for their actions."
Anderson and two other men were arrested in June 2006 by the PCeU, the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation and the Finnish Pori Police Department, with significant help from the commercial anti-virus industry.
"We here at F-Secure are happy to get some closure on this long case, with which we've been working for a number of years," said Mikko Hyppönen, chief security officer at F-Secure, in a blog post.
"This group produced several different malware families over several years. They were created for financial gain."
One of the two other suspects, a Suffolk man, was released without charge, and Artturi Alm pleaded guilty in Finland in 2008 and received a sentence of 18 days and a community service order.
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