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Hacker sentenced to 21 months jail in TKBot Trojan horse case
20 May 2005 - A US hacker has been sent to jail after using a Trojan horse to break into innocent internet users' computers. Compromised PCs include PCs at the United States Department of Defense. Raymond Paul Steigerwalt, from Indiana, USA was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment.
Steigerwalt, a 21 year-old Indiana resident and former member of the Thr34t Krew hacking group, was also ordered to pay $12,000 to the DoD in compensation for the damage he'd cause. He was a member of the international "Thr34t-Krew" hacking gang which launched a Trojan horse designed to break into internet-connected computers.
The Troj/TKBot-A Trojan horse (also known as the TKWorm)
exploited well-known vulnerabilities
in Microsoft's IIS Web Server to spread across the Internet and install
backdoors under the control of hackers onto infected systems. At least
two computers belonging to the Department of Defense were infected and
damaged by the worm.
At least two computers belonging to the Department of Defense
were infected and damaged by the malicious code. Between October 2002
and 7 March 2003, Steigerwalt and other members of the Thr34t-Krew gang
were able to remotely control infected computers without the knowledge
of the computers' owners.
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