[xtypo_dropcap]A[/xtypo_dropcap]computer hacker was convicted Sept. 22 for unleashing a virus on nearly 100,000 computers, in an attack against media agencies that republished stories about him.
Following a six-day trial in New Jersey, the jury issued a guilty verdict against Kansas City hacker Bruce Raisley, 49, for launching a malicious program to attack computers and websites.
The virus was aimed to infect computers and create a global “botnet.” A botnet of infected computers can be used to send spam or attack websites.
Raisley used the 100,000 infected computers to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that can shut down websites by overwhelming the computers they are hosted on with requests, according to an Attorney District of New Jersey press release.
Among Raisley’s targets were the websites of Rolling Stone, Radar, and Nettica. The damage caused is estimated to exceed $100,000. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.