[ISN] High-Profile Hackers Get Their Days in Court

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Tue Jun 17 2008 - 02:01:19 PDT


By Tim Wilson
Site Editor
Dark Reading
June 16, 2008

Three high-profile cybercrime cases have come to a head in the past 
week, leaving two hackers headed for jail and a third arguing a pivotal 
legal appeal.

Two of the cases involved sentencing for previously convicted 
defendants, both of whom were found guilty of using botnets as a primary 

On Tuesday, Gregory King (aka Silenz) of Fairfield, Calif., pleaded 
guilty to two counts of transmitting code to cause damage to a protected 
computer. He agreed to a two-year sentence, according to the U.S. 
Attorney's office in Eastern California [1].

King admitted to using a 7,000-node botnet to launch multiple 
distributed denial of service attacks on Killanet, a Web design and 
gaming site, between 2004 and 2006. He also made DDOS attacks on 
Castlecops, an Internet security site that specializes in identifying 
spammers and phishers, in 2007. (See Are You Ready for a DDOS Attack? 

On Wednesday, a Florida judge sentenced Robert Matthew Bentley to 41 
months in prison for hacking into computers used by Newell Rubbermaid 
and harnessing them to create a botnet that was used to spread 
advertising for a Western European company. Each new infected computer 
would register with the advertising company, which would pay Bentley a 
commission, authorities said in a news report [3].


[1] http://www.doj.gov/usao/cae/press_releases/docs/2008/06-10-08KingGuiltyPlea.pdf
[2] http://www.darkreading.com/blog.asp?blog_sectionid=447&doc_id=135452
[3] http://www.newsherald.com/news/panama_4390___article.html/prison_sentenced.html

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