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Two Members of A German Gang Jailed for Compromising 100,00 PCs

An Osnabrück court sentenced a four-year imprisonment to one of the men and 39-month jai to the other. This was due to their involvement in a criminal plan that destroyed the PCs of innocent net users with Trojan horse, which dialed top rate 0190 telephone number to link to an adult site.

The two anonymous men, aged 31 and 35, were members of a gang that collected up €12 Million in phone call revenue between July 2002 and September 2003. The demand of prosecution to compel the two culprits to play €7 Million in compensation to the victims was denied for some legal reasons.

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos, stated that inspite of holiday season, it's sure that felons won't be enjoying the festive season. After compromising an incredible 100,000 systems and making large phone bills for innocent users, the hackers are now facing the festival in the jail.

Culprits compromised over 100,00 PCs and compelled them to dial a top rate number to make hard cash. The German officials have done a commendable job in bringing justice. Other culprits should think about the punishment and ask themselves if they are doing right and is cyber-crime pays in the long run.

The case was so serious that the lawyer from prosecution asked the court to charge a fine of 7.75 Million Euro alongwith imprisonment. But the plea was rejected.

The imprisonment of the two is the most recent prosecution. Earlier this year, two men were given punishment of 18 and 22 months for illegal involvement in a scam.

Cluley said that other cyber-criminals should take this matter seriously and think electronic crime is the career they want to pursue.

All the computer users should employ adequate security measures in their systems to avoid falling victim to Internet offenders. Updated version of anti-virus software, latest security fixes, and firewalls should be used to defend the PC.

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