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[BBC] Botnet Creator Sentenced to 41 Months

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A hacker who hijacked hundreds of PCs to create a botnet has been sentenced to 41 months in jail by a US court.
Robert Matthew Bentley of Panama City, Florida also faces $65,000 (£33,000) in fines and will be under supervision for three years on his release.
The hijacked PCs were used to attack other computers and install programs that plague users with pop-up adverts.
He was caught following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Computer Crime Unit (CCU). [...]

He and his accomplices drove so much data through the hijacked Rubbermaid machines that it almost brought the firms network to a halt. The damage cost $150,000 (£77,000) to put right.
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Poor guy probably won't survive jail...
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He's lucky they are not making him pay restituition to cover the 150K in damages. Only 65k.
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Poor guy probably won't survive jail...
Good. People need to realize that crime doesn't have to involve a physical act. just becasue you can commit it from behind your PC doesn't make you safe.
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Awesome. We need to get more of these people to pay for their shenanigans.
    
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i wonder what the demages are that cost $150k
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i wonder what the demages are that cost $150k
Probably downtime to repair the systems, network bandwidth clogging, etc.

Remember that in the business world, time = money, so any time that Rubbermaid's operations were slowed or down for repair is something that can count as damages.
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Ok, now not to offset the topic too much..

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He and his accomplices drove so much data through the hijacked Rubbermaid machines that it almost brought the firms network to a halt. The damage cost $150,000 (£77,000) to put right.
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Robert Matthew Bentley of Panama City, Florida also faces $65,000 (£33,000) in fines
Yet, if your found with a illegally downloaded songs you can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars..

Letsee, you pay $10 for a CD.. Thats $10 in "damages" and you could pay like $35,000 for that.

God, things in the world of "justice" are so out of proportion lol..
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Ok, now not to offset the topic too much..





Yet, if your found with a illegally downloaded songs you can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars..

Letsee, you pay $10 for a CD.. Thats $10 in "damages" and you could pay like $35,000 for that.

God, things in the world of "justice" are so out of proportion lol..
Good point my friend...+1
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