Leader of Hacking Crew m00p Pleads Guilty

A Scottish man has pleaded guilty to offenses originating from his involvement as the leader of an international cyber crime ring responsible for infecting computers worldwide with Trojans, according to Softpedia.

In 2006, U.K. authorities arrested Matthew Anderson, following an investigation into the hacker group called m00p. Prosecutors said Anderson, who used the aliases of “warpigs” and “aobuluz,” headed the group and handled the malware distribution via spam.

Anderson used his security software company Optom Security as a front for the operation. When police searched his computers, they found wills, medical reports, resumes, photographs, and other sensitive documents copied from infected systems.

Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of causing unauthorized modification to the content of computers.

F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer Mikko Hyppönen commented on the case:

“We here at F-Secure are happy to get some closure on this long case, with which we’ve been working for a number of years. This malware group produced several different malware families over several years. They were created for financial gain.”

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