BBC News – US jails hacker who sold access to hijacked PCs

A US hacker who sold access to thousands of hijacked home computers has been jailed for 30 months.Joshua Schichtel of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced for renting out more than 72,000 PCs that he had taken over using computer viruses.Millions of PCs are enrolled in these networks, known as botnets, and many help to send out junk mail messages.Schichtels customers installed their own malicious software on the PCs to aid their own cybercrime efforts.

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  1. In response to this, I agree that internet is actually regulatable, but sometimes the issue becomes when is law enforced and when does it take effect? Recently I heard that a friend of friends was scammed. He needed housing in Chicago, so he found a foreign housing agency online which claimed to have properties in many countries. He wired full deposit for about 3 months to an account given by the agent, and then he was given addresses for apartments that didn’t exist at all, and his money was eventually gone.

    The guy went online and saw that many people were scammed in the same way as well. He also went for legal consultant. However, he was told that basically it was impossible for him to have his money back because the money he sent would be sent to some accounts abroad and those banks accounts were probably created by using false/fake IDs, and the those accounts were probably not related to the website.

    If he wanted to sue the agent or the company, they could deny it, and on the other hand, the friend probably did not have the time and money to go through the whole legal process. He still needed to report the case to the police, but it didn’t mean he could get his money back, but it could just prevent a worse scenario from happening, the agent sues him for bribery for wiring him money (I don’t know how exact this would work).

    After the friend was scammed, he called back, but never answered. Then he asked another person to call with a different number, and it was answered. Clearly, everything was still operating.

    At this point, my questions are how much resources does society allocate to tackle cyber crimes? When does law actually protect people in such cases? In some way I can understand that these are similar to crimes non-related to internet, that sometimes criminals get away and people suffer loss. However, I feel that with internet, criminals can get away easier. I don’t have answers to these questions, but I thought they are just interesting to think about.

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