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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