Hacker gets 2 years in New Jersey case

April 15, 2011

A former Pennsylvania resident was sentenced today to two years in prison - and three years of supervised release - for launching a virus that infected about 100,000 computers around the world and directed them to attack media outlets that republished stories that mentioned him.

In September, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against Bruce Raisley, 49, of Kansas City, Mo. - formerly of Monaca, Pa. - following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden. Raisley was convicted of launching a malicious computer program designed to attack computers and Internet websites, causing damages.

Evidence admitted at trial demonstrated that Raisley targeted and attacked a number of websites, including those of Rolling Stone, Radar, Nettica, Corrupted Justice and the Rick Ross Institute of New Jersey.

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