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01 Jul 2004

Spanish Trojan creator receives two year jail sentence

Óscar López Hinarejos
Óscar López Hinarejos has been sentenced to two years in prison.

The Spanish media has reported that a 27-year-old man has received a two year prison sentence for spreading the Cabronator Trojan horse which broke into innocent PCs, stole personal data and launched denial of service attacks.

In what is believed to be the first case of a malware author being sentenced to jail in Spain, Óscar López Hinarejos was found guilty of infecting over 100,000 computers with the intention of stealing confidential information from them. Hinarejos was said to have used the online pseudonym "El Gran Oscarin".

"A strong message is going around the world to all virus writers: if you are caught the penalties can be serious," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Everyone involved in writing and distributing viruses should think very carefully about the implications of their malicious behaviour."

In January 2003, a British virus writer was sentenced to two years in jail for distributing a number of viruses he had written.

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