A US judge has sentenced a 30-year-old hacker to 30 months in prison for selling access to a botnet believed to have comprised at least 72,000 computers.
Joshua Schichtel of Phoenix, Arizona pleaded guilty to causing software to be installed on 72,000 computers on behalf of a customer who paid him $1,500 for the botnet.
As well as being sentenced to prison, Schichtel will be supervised by US law officials for three years after his release.
While the conviction related to the renting out of a botnet to just one customer, US officials claimed Schichtel had scores of customers.
“Individuals who wanted to infect computers with various different types of malicious software would contact Schichtel and pay him to install, or have installed, malware on the computers that comprised those botnets,” the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
Schichtel had previously faced charges relating to performing distributed denial of service attacks back in 2005, when he was charged along with three other US citizens and one British man.
But Californian prosecutors dropped the case, having failed to indict the defendants within the necessary time.
At the time, the group, nicknamed the DDoS Mafia, had been accused of launching the attacks at the behest of a Massachusetts businessman, who intended to cripple his competitors.
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