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British ISP Helps Customers Keeping Their PC Clean

British ISP British Telecom implemented a new system where they will actively search and clean PCs from customers who have been found sending spam, with extra care to those who are believed to be a part of zombie networks which are also used in DDoS attacks.

Once such a system have been found the ISP either helps the customer to clean their system, or terminates the account, depending on whether the customer knowingly sent spam, or has been infected by malicious software.

UK: DDoS Will Jail You for 10 Years

A new law has been introduced in the UK which will put you in jail for a maximum of 10 years if you launch a DDoS attack. UK’s Britain’s Computer Misuse Act which was written well before the days of the WWW contained flaws that could possibly let DDoS attackers fall through holes in the law.

The new law includes these specific rules against DDoS:

* to impair the operation of any computer,

* to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer, or

* to impair the operation of any program or data held in any computer.

The new law, called Police And Justice Act 2006, also includes heavier sentences against accessing unauthorized computer access, from 6 months to a maximum of 2 years.

Three Years Jail for DDoSer

Christopher Maxwell, 21, of Vacaville, California, has been sentenced to jail for three years. IRC-Junkie reported about him being charged in february of this year.

Aside of the hospital other networks that were affected included the department of defense and a California school district.

He would rent out his network to perform DDoS attacks, and the infected machines earned him money with showing advertisements.

The judge showed little sympathy for Maxwell, calling him “incredible self-centered” with little regard for the impact of his actions on others. She also wanted Maxwell to be set as “deterrence for all those youth out there who are squirreled away in their basements hacking”.

Defense attorney Steve Bauer hoped for probation and community service. In his defense he argued that Maxwell had no prior criminal record and that he never had thought his bot would spread so far.

DDoS'er Convicted to 5 Years Jail

Jeanson James Ancheta, 20, of Downey, California, of which we reported about his arrest here, and him pleading guilty here, has heard his sentence from United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles.

Judge Klausner, who characterized Ancheta’s crimes as “extensive, serious and sophisticated,” has sentenced him to 57 months in jail. After he completes his jail time, he will serve three years of supervised release. In this time his access to computers and the Internet will be limited. He will also have to pay 15000$ USD damages to the Weapons Division of the United States Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake and the Defense Information Systems Agency, and all his profits from the activities including a BMW have been forfeited.

Judge Klausner concluded the sentence with saying to Ancheta that “… your worst enemy is your own intellectual arrogance that somehow the world cannot touch you on this.”

Ancheta hired out his botnet to people who used it for example to perform DDoS attacks. He also made approximately 60000$ USD by having the compromised machines installing adware. He also caused damage in several Ministry of Defense computers.

The sentence Ancheta received has been the longest sentence ever for distributing computer viruses.

Australian Man Charged with DDoS to IRC Networks

A 22 year-old man from Victoria, Australia has been arrested in Melbourne yesterday. He has been charged with several DDoS attacks which includes attacks he performed towards IRC Networks.

It was inititally the Belgian police who tipped the Australian police about the man. But also ISPs in United States, Singapore and Austria were affected by the DDoS which took place from botnets.

“Bots and bot networks continue to be of concern and are linked … to a range of other malicious activity including identity theft and spam,” said Mr Zuccato, from the Australian High Tech Crime Centre.

The maximum penalty for this type of offense in Australia is 10 years in prison.