Jeanson James Ancheta

On May 9, 2006, Jeanson James Ancheta (born 1985 in Downey, California) became the first person to be charged for controlling large numbers of hijacked computers or botnets. Ancheta was going to Downey High School in California until 2001 when he dropped out of school. He later entered an alternative program for students with academic or behavioral problems. He worked at an Internet cafe and according to his family wanted to join the military reserves. Around June 2004 he started to work with botnets after discovering rxbot, a common computer worm that could spread his net of infected computers. Botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software robots, or "bots", that run autonomously and automatically, often for malicious purposes. Hackers have for some time utilized Botnets for various purposes, but Ancheta set himself above the crowd by actively advertising his network of bots on Internet chat channels. A Web site Ancheta ran included a range of prices he charged people who wanted to rent out the machines, along with guidelines on how many bots were required to bring down a particular type of Web site.

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