Two teen botnet herders that went by the aliases Akill and Digerati were arrested by the fbi and New Zealand authorities.
“The FBI estimates that more than one million computers have been infected and puts the combined economic losses at more than $20 million.”
The arrests are a part of the Fbi’s ongoing ‘Bot Roast II‘.
The arrest and past behavior of the Penn State student Ryan Brett Goldstein that went by the handle “Digerati” also is being discussed on the underground forums where he shared advice and code since around 2000. Rumors surrounding his bot herding and bot update techniques, his activities of accidental university server DoS attacks, and intentional DDoS’ing groups of other underground coders continue to circulate.
Update: Bot Roast II resulted in another guilty plea. This time from Gregory King, indicted at the same time as “Digerati”. His deal includes a two year prison term.