Menu
Darkode vendor of Facebook malware pleads guilty to one charge

Darkode vendor of Facebook malware pleads guilty to one charge

Eric L. Crocker and others created a botnet by infecting computers with malware through Facebook

A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to one federal spam-related charge for selling access to a botnet of Facebook accounts on a now-shuttered cybercriminal forum.

Eric L. Crocker, 29, of Binghamton, New York, could face up to three years in prison and a US$250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was charged with violating the CAN-SPAM Act, according to a court document.

Crocker was accused of selling access to a botnet he and others built of compromised Facebook accounts, according to the indictment. His customers used the access to send high volumes of spam.

Crocker and others were paid between $200 to $300 for every 10,000 compromised computers, prosecutors alleged.

A computer became infected if a user clicked on a link in a Facebook message sent by one of their friends who had been previously infected. Their computer would be infected with Slenfbot or Dolbot, a malware program that would then download another harmful program called the Facebook Spreader.

That code would access the victim's Facebook contacts and send out more messages with malicious links.

Facebook Spreader was featured on Darkode, a long-running secretive cybercriminal forum that was shut down by law enforcement last month.

More than 70 people in 20 countries were either searched, arrested or charged after the FBI gained access to the forum.

Crocker will be sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on Nov. 23.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Kiwi channel debates GDPR as Reseller News Exchange hits Wellington

Kiwi channel debates GDPR as Reseller News Exchange hits Wellington

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange, in association with Arrow ECS ANZ, ForeScout and StorageCraft, went on the road to debate the early implications of GDPR in New Zealand, extracting opportunities while evaluating challenges for the channel in the year ahead.

Kiwi channel debates GDPR as Reseller News Exchange hits Wellington
Show Comments