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Russian Botnet Creator Receives 46-Month Prison Sentence

Federal court sentences the Ebury botnet creator and operator to prison for infecting tens of thousands of servers worldwide.

A federal court sentenced the Russian creator and operator of the Ebury botnet to a 46-month prison sentence and issued an order to have him deported after he's released from prison, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.

Maxim Senakh, 41, pleaded guilty March 28 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Senakh and his co-conspirators created and operated a botnet using the Ebury malware, which harvests log-on credentials from infected servers. Senakh used the botnet for various spam attacks and click-through fraud schemes, according to the DOJ.

The botnet generated millions of dollars in revenue from the tens of thousands of infected servers around the world.

Read more about Senakh here.

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