Saturday, June 10, 2006

Indictment Monday - Roundup of DoJ news

Being Monday it is time to go to the DoJ site and look at the latest indictment and sentencing news. I have been on the road so I have not done this for a while.

Kenneth Kwak got five months jail plus five probation for dropping backdoor onto a department of education machine. A couple of years ago this would have not merited prosecution. Now its time in the big house. Zero tolerance.

Jeanson James Ancheta, 21, of Downey, California 'Botherder' received 57 months plus another three years probation for botnet herding. Thats a total of eight years off the net. The principal scam was defrauding associate advertising schemes with bogus clickstream. He made $100K from that scam but only admits to taking $3000 from hiring out his botnet to others in 30 separate transactions. Botnet exploitation is much more lucrative than botnet herding for others.

Christopher Maxwell, 20, of Vacaville, California pled guilty to another botnet scam. No sentencing yet but he will be paying $250,000 in restitution and will be packing his bags for a stay in the big house for up to five years.

Shaun Hansen is the latest person to be indicted in the New Hamprhire Republican Party phone jamming incident. Three other consiprators, James Tobin, Allen Raymond and Charles McGee have all been sentenced to 10, 3 and 7 months respectively. While one might think that plotting to corruptly subvert an election should result in longer sentences than mere financial corruption these are actually pretty severe sentences for what was charged as a single incident. Regardless it is highly unlikely that we will be seeing very many other party activists who are willing to go to jail in order to help their candidate win.

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