Friday, April 4, 2008
Phone Angelina! There’s a New “Hacker” Around!
According to NewsFactor, “AKILL,” otherwise known as 18-year-old Owen Thor Walker, was charged Tuesday for his involvement with a network that is being accused of hacking into 1.3 million computers and skimming millions of dollars from unknowing victims. Hackers like Walker are taking over computers and gathering them into centrally controlled clusters known as “botnets.” Once these clusters are formed, hackers can use the computers to steal credit card information, tweak stock trades, and even crash industry computers.
A crack down on “botnets” has been going on since June of 2007, and eight people have been indicted, pleaded guilty, or have been convicted since then. Another thirteen people have warrants out for their arrests in the United States and overseas.
Walker pleaded guilty to two charges of accessing a computer for dishonest purpose, two charges of accessing computer systems without authorization, one of damaging/interfering with computer systems, and one of possessing software for committing crime, all of which add up to a maximum penalty of several prison terms of up to five years.
Walker had no computer training whatsoever, and also suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. He also received $40,000 for his partaking in the scams, and was responsible for the collapse of a computer server at the University of Pennsylvania. According to Stuff.co.nz, Walker was reportedly bullied at school and left. Sounds like a hacker's remake to me!
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