Darkreading.com reported that after substantial cooperation with the FBI that the three “…men charged with creating and managing the Mirai botnet have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act and have been sentenced to a five-year period of probation and 2,500 hours of community service.” The September 19,2018 report entitled “Mirai Hackers’ Sentence Includes No Jail Time” included a link to the Department of Justice News Release “Hackers’ Cooperation with FBI Leads to Substantial Assistance in Other Complex Cybercrime Investigations” which included these comments from U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder:

Cybercrime is a worldwide epidemic that reaches many …

The perpetrators count on being technologically one step ahead of law enforcement officials. 

The plea agreement with the young offenders in this case was a unique opportunity for law enforcement officers, and will give FBI investigators the knowledge and tools they need to stay ahead of cyber criminals around the world.

The News Release identified the three young men as: “Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J.; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pa.; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, La.”

Unfortunately I think we will continue to see young people commit other cybercrimes.

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