Hacker Gets 30 Months Prison Term for Infecting 72,000 PCs

30-year old Joshua Schichtel had pleaded guilty to building the 72,000 computer net in 2009 as a service to customers who would ask him to infect computers with various types of malware. Apparently, Schichtel accepted a $1,500 payment from a customer in one specific case.

Following the 30 month prison term, Schichtel will have to comply with a 3-year of supervised release order. Joshua Schichtel has been involved in a legal investigation before. He was included in a 2004 complaint in which he and others were accused of infecting thousands of users for the purpose of a Denial of Service attack.

The 2004 charges against the "DDoS Mafia" for hire were dismissed due to a passed indictment deadline.


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  • aftcomet
    Good. One less criminal bastard hiding behind a monitor.
  • halcyon
    Seems appropriate.
  • azraa
    Too bad guys like him go to prison.
    Don't get me wrong, he deserves the time, but I mean that he has, evidently, some talent programming and detecting exploits. That is the kind of talent that software companies look. He just followed a coward's path.