LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles computer security consultant
has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for using
malicious software that turned thousands of computers into
"zombies" so he could steal private information.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old John Schiefer was sentenced
Wednesday after pleading guilty last April to computer fraud.
Prosecutors say Schiefer and his associates created "botnets"
- armies of infected computers - to steal individuals' identities
by extracting information from their personal computers.
Schiefer also worked as a consultant with a Dutch Internet
advertising company to defraud it with his botnets. He was ordered
to pay $19,000 in restitution to PayPal and other companies.
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