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Brazilian Man Indicted of Selling a Botnet

According to the US Department of Justice on August 21, 2008, a man from Brazil was accused of running a botnet comprising over 100,000 infected computers allegedly designed to distribute spam.

A New Orleans federal jury passed a formal charge against 35-year-old Leni de Abreu Neto from Taubate, Brazil, of connivance leading to the damage of computers worldwide. If proved guilty, Neto would be sentenced to jail for five years followed by a supervised release for a maximum of three years. He would also have to pay a fine amounting to $250,000 or even more depending on the total amount of money victims might have lost on account of the crime.

Further, as per the formal charge, Neto had been involved in a connivance along with other individuals, including Nordin Nasiri, age 19...

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