By Tim Wilson
June 16, 2008
Three high-profile cybercrime cases have come to a head in the past
week, leaving two hackers headed for jail and a third arguing a pivotal
Two of the cases involved sentencing for previously convicted
defendants, both of whom were found guilty of using botnets as a primary
On Tuesday, Gregory King (aka Silenz) of Fairfield, Calif., pleaded
guilty to two counts of transmitting code to cause damage to a protected
computer. He agreed to a two-year sentence, according to the U.S.
Attorney's office in Eastern California .
King admitted to using a 7,000-node botnet to launch multiple
distributed denial of service attacks on Killanet, a Web design and
gaming site, between 2004 and 2006. He also made DDOS attacks on
Castlecops, an Internet security site that specializes in identifying
spammers and phishers, in 2007. (See Are You Ready for a DDOS Attack?
On Wednesday, a Florida judge sentenced Robert Matthew Bentley to 41
months in prison for hacking into computers used by Newell Rubbermaid
and harnessing them to create a botnet that was used to spread
advertising for a Western European company. Each new infected computer
would register with the advertising company, which would pay Bentley a
commission, authorities said in a news report .
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