11/4/2005

Man Is Charged With Creating An Army Of Zombies

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:04 am

A 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges of infecting almost 400,000 computers operated by the U.S. military and others with viruses that helped launched electronic attacks and send spam e-mails.

James Ancheta of Downey allegedly spread malicious computer code as a way to assemble “armies of computers” under his control, said Assistant U.S. Attorney James M. Aquilina.

He then sold access to infected computers, known as “botnets,” to hackers and spammers as well as downloaded adware programs onto them to profit from the placements.

Prosecutors say his programs were powerful enough to infect computers operated by the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake and the Defense Information Systems Agency, part of the Defense Department.

Source: AP

 

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