Zombie network mastermind pleads guilty

20 year old Jeanson James Ancheta, of Downey, California., pleaded guilty in US District Court in Los Angeles to four felony charges for crimes, including infecting machines at two U.S. military sites, that earned him more than $US61,000, Assistant US Attorney James Aquilina said. Jeanson James Ancheta seized control of hundreds of thousands of internet-connected computers and rented the zombie network to people who mounted attacks on websites, served up pop-up ads and sent out spam.

Under a plea agreement, which still must be approved by a judge, Ancheta will receive from 4 years to 6 years in prison, forfeit a 1993 BMW and more than $US58,000 in profit and pay $US19,000 in restitution to the federal government to compensate for infecting the military computers, according to documents filed in the case.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 1.

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