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Hacker Gets 18 Months in U.K. Prison




Hacker Gets 18 Months in U.K. Prison
Hacker Gets 18 Months in U.K. Prison



http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Hacker-Gets-18-Months-in-UK-Prison-112826/ 

By Brian Prince
eWEEK.com
2010-11-23

A Scottish man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for spamming 
out e-mails laced with malware and stealing data.

A 33-year-old Scottish man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison in 
the U.K. for spamming out malware-infected e-mails and stealing data.

The sentencing today of Matthew Anderson of Drummuir, Aberdeenshire, 
Scotland, brought to an end to an investigation first launched four 
years ago. According to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Anderson 
was part of a ring that targeted hundreds of businesses in the U.K. with 
malware starting in 2005. The conspiracy was operated by members of a 
cyber-crew called m00p that spammed out millions of e-mails laced with 
malware, authorities said.

It was Anderson's job to manage the operation by composing the e-mails 
and distributing them with virus attachments, police said. The malware 
allowed Anderson to access private data stored on computers without the 
knowledge of the computer's owner, according to police.

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