Man pleads guilty to spreading Trojan via IRC

Friday, 23 February 2007, 12:54 AM EST

A Washington-state man pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer fraud relating to charges he spread malware to users of an IRC channel. He faces up five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in early May.

Using the user ID Fyle, Richard C. Honour infected IRC users with a program known as WindowsMedia.exe, according to a plea agreement on file with the federal court in St Louis, Missouri, where servers for one of the IRC networks are located. The program installed a back door that gave the hacker, now 31-years-old, access to victims' computers.

At The Register.

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