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    Post 18 year old phisher causes $20 Mil in damages

    The New Zealand teenager by the name of AKill according to reports was the botmaster of his own botnet of over a million infected PCs which was apparently used to steal money from bank accounts and credit cards. Some other stuff the Guardian wrote in the same article seems to contradict this version:

    Kleintjes said the teenager had written software that evaded normal computer spyware systems, then sold his skills to hackers.
    It makes him sound more like the freelance software developer for a botnet which was under the control by a 3rd party or am I missing something?

    Anyways here are the articles:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hostpitable View Post
    It makes him sound more like the freelance software developer for a botnet which was under the control by a 3rd party or am I missing something?
    Most botnet owners rent out their botnets to third parties such as hackers, phishers, DDOSers so it sounds like you're reading it right.

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    I'm going to go out on a limb, and take a guess that since his nickname is "Akill", he probably spent a lot of time on IRC.

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    yes! His trojan AKbot was controlled via IRC
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