'Botmaster' says he infected 250,000 computers

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  1. livewire

    livewire Member




    'Botmaster' says he infected 250,000 computers
    Los Angeles man faced 60 year prison sentence, $1.75 million fine


    LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man on Friday admitted infecting 250,000 computers and stealing the identities of thousands of people by wiretapping their communications and accessing their bank accounts.
    John Schiefer, 26, agreed to plead guilty to four counts of fraud and wiretap charges that could lead to a $1.75 million fine and send him to prison for up to 60 years, the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney's office said.
    Prosecutors said Schiefer and an unspecified number of conspirators installed malicious computer codes that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers and intercepted messages to www.paypal.com and similar Web sites.

    He retrieved usernames and passwords and used them to access an unknown number of bank accounts. Prosecutors said they were still investigating how much money was stolen and the number of victims.
    They said Schiefer worked by day as an information security consultant but was a well-known "Botmaster" among the underground network of hackers skilled in so-called "botnet attacks."
    A bot is a program that surreptitiously installs itself on computer so a hacker can control it. A botnet is a network of such computers that can harness their collective powers to wreak havoc.

    In another scheme, Schiefer installed malicious codes on computers running Microsoft operating systems, causing them to disgorge usernames and passwords from a secure area that led him to access the victims' bank accounts.
    Schiefer also admitted defrauding the Dutch Internet advertising company Simpel Internet, who signed him up as a consultant, of more than $19,000. He installed his spyware program on approximately 150,000 of the Dutch company's computers.
    He is expected to be arraigned on December 3.


    Source : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21715116/
     
  2. tobarret

    tobarret Member




    gusto ko maging ganyan. :p:p:p wala lang kulong.:p
     
  3. dyoddyowel

    dyoddyowel Member

  4. chirazpatrick

    chirazpatrick Member




    ang galing :)
     
  5. Xunil

    Xunil Member




    well sa mga nagnanais matuto, the very first is kelangan may keylogger program to capture pressed keys sa keyboard. meron sa planet-source-code dot com kung curious ka pwede mong tignan ang source code dun at bahala ka na mag lagay ng gusto mo functions. tip lang.
     
  6. klyster

    klyster Member




    Haha good move ang keylogger para sa mga beginners. Pero we could use trojan, backdooring, sql injection, dbase exploit and etc. The only problem is, how could you make it discreet hahaha. Well if you are not careful enough you will just end up behind bars.
     
                                 

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