fil-am suspect indicted in US ‘botmaster’ case

11/8/05 at 9:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested Jeanson James Ancheta, a 20-year-old in Downey, California who is accused of infecting an estimated 400, 000 computers and controlling them as part of his bot network, also known in geek speak as a zombie network. It turns out that Ancheta is an immigrant from the Philippines.

This is supposedly the first case in the US where they are prosecuting someone who has been selling botnets for profit, as the suspect is accused of offering control of his botnets to individuals and companies who were willing to pay. Through botnets, he could use the linked computers to launch distributed denial of service attacks or engage in mass spamming.

The bots Ancheta allegedly unleashed also infected computers at the Weapons Division of the United States Naval Air Warfare Center and the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component of the United States Department of Defense. You can get a PDF copy of the 52-page indictment here.

Here’s an excerpt from my INQ7.net Breaking News story:

If convicted on all 17 federal charges, Ancheta faces up to 50 years in
prison.

Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer of the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California (Los Angeles), confirmed in an e-mail to INQ7.net that Ancheta is a Filipino-American. An article that came out in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 4 stated that Ancheta was an immigrant from the Philippines.

“Yes, he is Filipino-American. However, there is some question as to his history. Some information indicates that he was born in the Philippines and later became a US citizen. However, other information contradicts that. I expect to have more information on this on Tuesday,” Mrozek told INQ7.net.

In a separate e-mail, Ancheta’s aunt Sharon Gregorio confirmed that Ancheta is an immigrant from the Philippines.

“He came here in the United States when he was five years old. He is my deceased brother’s son and we basically are very close. It is very hard for me to be talking about him because he’s dear to me. I grew up with him, I took care of him when he was still little and it just breaks my heart how he has to go through this ordeal,” Gregorio told INQ7.net.

Read the rest of the story.

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