August 27, 2006
Computer Hacker Gets Three Years
A computer hacker who launched a "botnet" into the system was given a sentence of three years. (See Seattle Times here; Yahoo News here). The government asked for six years. According to Yahoo news, the computer attack "hit tens of thousands of computers" including a hospital. He plead guilty to "one count of conspiracy to intentionally damage a protected computer and one count of intentional computer damage that interferes with medical treatment." His co-conspirators were juveniles.
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