Allaple worm author sentenced to jail

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The author of a series of worms that launched a denial-of-service attack against the websites of an insurance company and an internet service provider has been sentenced to jail for two years and seven months.

44-year-old Arthur Boiko has been convicted by the jury at Harju County Court, Estonia, after pleading not guilty to creating malware that sought revenge against the IF insurance firm.

The Allaple family of malware, first seen in mid 2006, launched a crippling attack against the insurance company and Estonian ISP Starman, preventing innocent users from visiting them.

Boiko compounded his offence by creating a series of variants of Allaple, which can spread via network shares on poorly protected computers.

In addition to the prison sentence, Boiko has also been ordered to pay IF Insurance the equivalent of US $450,000 in damages. Meanwhile, Starman ISP is set to receive US $130,000 in…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.