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No jail time for Nugache worm creator

No jail time for Nugache worm creator
No jail time for Nugache worm creator 

By Robert McMillan 
IDG News Service 

A 20-year-old man from Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been sentenced to five 
years' probation for creating what researchers called one of the most 
sophisticated botnet networks of hacked computers in recent years.

Jason Milmont pleaded guilty last year to creating the Nugache worm, 
which infected between 5,000 and 15,000 computers in 2007. He used the 
worm to build a botnet of infected computers and stole online account 
information and credit card numbers from his victims, according to his 
plea agreement. He then used the information to buy goods and services, 
court fillings say.

Milmont had been facing five years in prison when he was sentenced 
Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne. In addition to the 
probation, he was ordered to pay US$36,859 restitution in monthly 
payments of $250, according to court documents.

Judge William Downes "told the young man that he had quite a bit of 
talent and hoped he would use it for good," according to John Powell, a 
spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne. Milmont was 
initially charged in California but the case was transferred to Wyoming 
for sentencing, Powell said.


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