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No jail time for Nugache worm creator

No jail time for Nugache worm creator

A 20-year-old man from Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been sentenced to five years’ probation for creating what researchers called one of the most sophisticated botnet networks of hacked computers in recent years.

Jason Milmont pleaded guilty last year to creating the Nugache worm, which infected between 5,000 and 15,000 computers in 2007. He used the worm to build a botnet of infected computers and stole online account information and credit card numbers from his victims, according to his plea agreement. He then used the information to buy goods and services, court fillings say.

Milmont had been facing five years in prison when he was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne. In addition to the probation, he was ordered to pay US$36,859 restitution in monthly payments of $250, according to court documents.


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