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“Stevenkings” charged with creating “Medusa IRC Botnet DDoS” malware used against Bay Area company’s website

SAN JOSE – A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Travis Cole Malone, Jr., on July 12, 2018, for conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and for causing the transmission of code to damage protected computers, announced United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.

According to the indictment unsealed today, Malone, 20, of McAlester, Okla., is alleged to have coded and developed the “Medusa IRC Botnet DDoS” malicious software (“malware”). When installed on a victim computer, the malware joined the victim computer to a “botnet” that could be used to conduct distributed denial of service (“DDoS”) attacks against websites. Malone, using the moniker “stevenkings,” advertised the malware on various internet forums. He then leased access to the botnet to co-conspirators for the purpose of executing DDoS attacks. The indictment alleges that the malware was used in a January 2016 DDoS attack on the...(continued)

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