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.
Schichtel’s customers installed their own malicious software on the PCs to aid their own cybercrime efforts.
As well as going to prison for 30 months, Schichtel was also sentenced to a three-year supervised release program that he will serve after leaving jail. The supervision will tightly control his access to computers and the net.