24 Sep 2010

Sex-sting subject convicted of creating botnet

A man allegedly targeted in an online sex sting has been convicted of launching malware attacks on the media websites that covered the event.

According to CNET, Bruce Raisley of Kansas City, Missouri was recently convicted of launching a program that infected 100,000 computers worldwide and directing them to administer denial-of-service attacks. The website for Rolling Stone magazine was among his many targets, according to the Department of Justice.

For compromising internet security, Raisley faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, along with restitution estimated to be more than $100,000, according to the Justice Department.

The reason for Raisley's online anger stems from his relationship with the group Perverted Justice, famously used by Dateline in its "To Catch a Predator" series. Formally a volunteer for the online advocacy group, Raisley had a falling out with its founder and became an outspoken critic.

In retaliation, Perverted Justice's founder posed as a woman and began an online relationship with Raisley, who agreed to leave his wife. Perverted Justice photographed Raisley waiting at the airport for the woman.

Media outlets covered the Perverted Justice-Raisley saga in 2006 and 2007 and the story was widely picked up across the internet.