Nugache botnet mastermind escapes jail

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Jason Michael Milmont, the 20-year-old hacker who admitted creating the Nugache worm which created a sophisticated botnet which used peer-to-peer technology, has escaped a prison sentence after co-operating with the authorities.

Milmont from Cheyenne, Wyoming, was sentenced earlier this week to five years of supervised probation and a year in home confinement. That’s a lot lighter than the maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of $250,000 he faced before he made a plea agreement.

Of course, this is likely to be little comfort for his thousands of victims, who were comandeered into his botnet between March and September 2007, after visiting a bogus website which claimed to offer a free installation of the peer-to-peer file-sharing program Limewire, but really contained a copy of the Nugache malware.

Milmont also took over compromised computers to send AOL instant messages to victims’…

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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.