Hackers and Spammers to Jail

[UPDATE – 5.9.06: Hacker sentenced to 57 months! Good riddance, you f-ing criminal!]

A 21-year-old computer whiz was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for taking control of 400,000 Internet-connected computers and renting access to them to spammers and fellow hackers.

Among the machines authorities said Jeanson James Ancheta infected in 2004 and 2005 were those at the China Lake Naval Air Facility and the Defense Information System Agency headquartered in Falls Church, Va.

"Your worst enemy is your own intellectual arrogance that somehow the world cannot touch you on this," U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner told Ancheta in sentencing him Monday to 57 months in prison.

Typepad (and therefore Black Sun Journal) has recently been down because of a "sophisticated distributed denial of service attack." This brings up the larger issue of subversion through all types of mischief perpetrated on common communications infrastructure.

The internet and phone networks are collectively and privately owned. We all pay a small fee to use them, and we take them for granted. For all the talk of ‘net neutrality’ lately, no one has been talking about the injustice of wasted time from hacking and spam.

Spamming and hacking (and this includes spit, spim, and even POTS telemarketing calls) should be punishable by heavy fines and long prison terms. Theft of time and infrastructure is no different than theft of goods or services. The perpetrators are criminals. 

If people want to advertise to me on my phone or internet service, they should have my permission, or they should pay me for it. By doing so without sanction, they make my communications devices less useful to me. That’s larceny.

Crack down on cyber-crime!

Comments (One comment)

adron / May 5th, 2006, 9:36 am / #1

That I agree with 100%.

Unfortunately we can’t even seem to properly punish people for physical assualt or theft very well. America as a society is such a bunch of passive laws and pansy pacifist drivel that when it comes to these things that drastically affect our lives most tend to just succumb to the effect.

It’s a sad sad thing.

Just to note though, I met a spammer. He doesn’t spam anymore. He decided the ROI wasn’t worth it after it included a black eye, some broke ribs, and a pissed off crew that he had theoretically entrusted to carry out efforts he didn’t report to them. They weren’t happy when they found out they had been misused.

Sometimes the transporter has to look in the bag. ;) …and make an idealogical decision.

One spammer down, a zillion more to go.

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