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Revengeful Computer Hacker Sentenced to Jail over Botnet Virus

A New Jersey based federal court has punished an ex-computer programmer with a 2-year imprisonment along with a 3-year supervised liberation on charges that he developed a computer worm, which contaminated approximately 100,000 computers for building a botnet. NetworkWorld published this on April 15, 2011.

Bruce Raisley, name of the programmer, reportedly has been proved guilty of unleashing malevolent PC software created to strike PCs as also websites that led to widespread destruction during September 2010.

State court documents that Raisley at one time voluntarily worked for an organization -Perverted Justice, which was actively associated with the TV program "To Catch a Predator," whose sting operations are known for capturing pedophiles.

Stated Raisley, he did wrong in posting the worm online. However, apologizing amid sobs, he said that he couldn't find any other alternative. Philly.com published this on April 16, 2011.

Actually, while working for Perverted Justice, Raisley, once, had acrimony with Xavier von Erck the organization's founder. Consequently, he started articulating critically against the group. Reacting angrily, Von Erck thought of teaching Raisley a lesson, so he pretended to be a lady called Holy and appeared online. Raisley, who became lured, arranged to meet the non-existent lady and when was face-to-face with her, a Perverted Justice volunteer captured the two in a camera.

The incident became public when articles about it got printed in Rolling Stone and Radar Magazine as well as republished in a number of websites.

Disgruntled, Raisley created one PC-worm for remotely controlling PCs through which he executed DOS assaults on the said websites. Further, the DOS assaults caused a massive number of accesses on the targeted PCs that led to their collapse, according to court filings.

Subsequently, when the sentencing was announced, Erez Liebermann, Assistant US Attorney asked to sentence Raisley to 2-years behind the bars, claiming that Raisley's Botnet not only shutdown Internet sites and overwhelmed targeted PCs, but did other damages too in lost earnings of over $100,000 as well as brand attenuation for Radar, Nettica, Rolling Stone, Corrupted Justice, as well as the Risk Ross Institute.

The court ordered Raisley to compensate the losses by paying $90,386.34.

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