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Mira botnet infections globally. (Image courtesy of Imperva.)

Mirai Creators Cooperate with Feds to Avoid Prison

The three 20-something-year-old creators of the Mirai botnet have cooperated with the federal investigators on their case to avoid jail time. The three men–Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana–were sentenced by a federal judge in Alaska to serve a five-year period of probation, perform 2,500 hours of community service, and pay restitution in the amount of $127,000. They also have voluntarily abandoned significant amounts of cryptocurrency seized during the course of the investigation. Jha White, and Norman also have another caveat to their sentences–they have to continue to provide relevant info on cybercrime and cybersecurity investigations to the FBI and to the greater security research community at large, something they’ve already been doing to keep themselves out of jail for their crimes, according to a press release on their sentencing. “The plea agreement with the young offenders […]

Podcast Episode 112: what it takes to be a top bug hunter

Podcast Episode 112: what it takes to be a top bug hunter

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:54 — 45.7MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS In this week’s episode (#112): top bug hunters can earn more than $1 million a year from “bounties” paid for information on exploitable software holes in common platforms and applications. What does it take to be among the best? We talk with Jason Haddix of the firm Bug Crowd to find out. Also: The Internet Society’s Jeff Wilbur talks about the new #GetIoTSmart campaign to educate device makers and the public about Internet of Things security.