Federal judge cuts Darkode computer hacker a break

Brian Bowling reports:

The dark side of the Internet provided Ryan Neil Green with a satisfaction that was missing in his life.

Green was a licensed plumber who was more interested in computers than pipes. Using his computer skills, authorities say he conspired with others to help infect at least 77,000 computers, turning them into a botnet that was sold to someone else who used the hijacked computers to send out spam emails.


Schwab sentenced Green, 32, of the Paducah, Ky., area to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service.

A prison sentence would have kept Green from providing for his daughter and would have interrupted the service Green provides through his business, Rygre Digital Marketing, the judge said.

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