By Brian Prince
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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