Agobot malware case redux

Way back in 2004, Sophos reported on the arrest of a German man accused of creating the Agobot Trojan horse, that turned PCs into a botnet of compromised computers for the purposes of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks.

Axel Gembe was originally apprehended by the German authorities in the southern town of Waldshut on 7 May 2004, and put behind bars as the authorities feared he might be planning to leave the country to avoid military service.

Gembe, now 25, and Lee Graham Walker, a 24-year-old Brit, were indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Los Angeles, California, on counts of conspiracy and intentionally damaging a computer system. If found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison.

Gembe and Walker are alleged to have been hired by Jay Echouafni, the owner of a…

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