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A man has been slapped with a one-year and one day jail term by authorities after his arrest for engaging in activities on the notorious internet forum Darkode.
29-year old Rory Stephen Guidry of Opelousas, Louisiana, was given a one-count sentence for illegally gathering information from a protected computer after he pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargaining last February.
Guidry allegedly hacked into and controlled more than 5,000 computers, and then tried to sell his Botnet on Darkode.
On top of the charges, Guidry was also accused of stealing digital currencies worth around $80,000 and hacking another PC to steal over 5,000 active credit card accounts, the latter of which he was in possession of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested him.
According to U.S. Atty. Stephany Fenly, “Online crime threatens anyone and everyone in our ever-rising internet-linked society,” adding that “hackers will not be able to hide or keep their anonymity, and these people will be arrested and charged.”
Before it was shut down, Darkode operated as a meeting haven for well-trained hackers where they could share ideas regarding the darker corners of hacking, as well as also being able to sell computer operating systems and other related materials. A successor version of Darkode is reportedly being prepared for launch, sources said.
Darkodee was shut down after international law enforcement raids in 20 nations in July 2015 that resulted in the arrest of some 70 people, including a dozenin the U.S.
The case of Guidry is the first to result in a prison term; Eric Crocker, a resident of Binghamton, New York who had recently pleaded guilty to a charge laid under the CAN-SPAM Act, was later on meted 2 years of probation earlier this month.
“Through well-planned responses and international crackdown of our law enforcement teams, defendants like Guidry involved in online hacking forums will see their groups dismantled and those prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Fenly said.