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Downey man sentenced in `botnet' spam scheme

A Downey man was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for taking control of 400,000 Internet-connected computers and renting access to them to spammers and fellow hackers. Among the machines authorities said Jeanson James Ancheta, 21, infected were those at the China Lake Naval Air Facility and the Defense Information System Agency headquartered in Falls Church, Va. Ancheta, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to four felony charges, was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison. "Your worst enemy is your own intellectual arrogance that somehow the world cannot touch you on this," U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said. A call to Ancheta 's public defender, Greg Wesley, was not immediately returned Tuesday. Prosecutors called the case the first to target profits derived from the use of "botnets" - large numbers of computers that hackers commandeer through software and then turn into a "zombie" network that can be controlled by outsiders. The computers' owners are unaware that...

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