Monday, May 9, 2005
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria) announced that Raymond Steigerwalt, a 21-year old former member of an international hacking group, received a 21-month sentence for conspiracy to commit computer fraud and possession of child pornography. According to a press release (here), Steigerwalt engaged in the following conduct:
Between October 2002 to March 2003 Steigerwalt was a member of the Thr34t Krew (TK), an Internet group devoted to hacking. TK conspirators created a computer worm to spread across the Internet and install Trojan software, i.e. software that masqueraded as legitimate software, but allowed Steigerwalt and other co-conspirators to remotely control infected computers. The TK created the worm to self-propagate and would use computers connected to the Internet to command and control the computers infected by the worm with the Trojan software. At least two computers belonging to the Department of Defense were infected and damaged by the worm. Between October 2002 and March 7, 2003, the TK commanded computers infected by the worm to disconnect other computers that were connected to the Internet. Furthermore, Steigerwalt was found in knowing possession of computer image files which contained a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.