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Chief of ETA Hacking Group Sentenced to 110 Months of Jail

"GhostExodus" originally named Jesse William McGraw, who led ETA (Electronik Tribulation Army) a hacker gang, admitted to carrying out dual instances of malware installation onto computers in the hospice that employed him. Consequently, he was sentenced at the Northern Texas District Court of USA on March 17, 2011 to remain imprisoned for 110 months, reported Mcgrewsecurity.com on March 18, 2011.

Court further mandated McGraw to deposit $31,881 as compensation as well as undergo 3-year duration of supervised liberty after completing his jail tenure.

Notably, McGraw admitted to his crime in May 2010 that involved PC-tampering to put malicious code onto 12 computers at the hospice that included a nurse's computer, which could gain admission into medical records. Moreover, McGraw loaded LogMeln, software for gaining remote access, onto the hospice's Windows-based computer that controlled the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. Wired.com reported this on March 18, 2011.

According to dallasobserver.com, which reported on March 18, 2011, when McGraw was doing his duty at the North Central Medical Plaza during night-time, he managed to get hold of around 14 PCs that included one locked inside a room, controlling the HVAC system, and another of a nurse, installed on the building's 5th floor. The nurse's PC enabled in monitoring patients' cure level via the Carrell Memorial Clinic. Other medical personnel too utilized it for accessing the identification details, medical history and billing information of patients. McGraw knew that if he changed the controls of the HVAC system, it would alter the hospice's artificially set temperature and thus impact patients' treatment and cure.

Nonetheless, the FBI took note of McGraw during 2009 when he circulated one YouTube movie showcasing himself as part of a "penetration" mission wherein he remarkably prowled through large rooms as well as deployed RxBot onto one desktop PC. Stated the government, by assembling one not-very-big botnet, the ETA was trying to attack its competitors like Anonymous that presently owed up for assaults on PayPal along with others, as per Wikileaks disclosures. Wired.com stated this.

Meanwhile, others within the ETA have become more-or-less silent since they may now be alarmed and considering it time to quit hacking.

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