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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