Bot master owns up to 250,000 zombie PCs

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Bot master owns up to 250,000 zombie PCs

Post by The Masked Marauder » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:59 pm

An American computer security consultant on Friday admitted to using massive botnets to illegally install software on at least 250,000 machines and steal the online banking identities of Windows users by eavesdropping on them while they made financial transactions.

John Kenneth Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to four felonies, including accessing protected computers to conduct fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud. He faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison and a fine of $1.75m, according to documents filed Friday in federal court.

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Post by IceDogg » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:23 am

An American computer security consultant
This is the part that is the MOST troubling to me. And according to the link provided he's not the only 'security consultant' to do this.