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Mirai Authors Avoid Prison

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In response to the news that the authors of the Mirai botnet have avoided prison sentences after cooperating with the FBI and providing substantial assistance in other complex cybercrime investigations, IT security experts commented below.

Nadav Avital, Threat Analytics Manager at Imperva:

“Assuming that the justice system in cases of cybercrimes works in the same way as in other type of crimes, it is a common practice to cut a deal with the state to get a reduced sentence.

I trust that the justice system carefully weighed the consequences in this case and can only guess that the benefits from the defendant’s assistance was substantial.

The silver lining here, in my opinion, is that the Mirai authors were brought to justice. Unfortunately,the attribution problem, in the cybercrime world, is very difficult and consequently not enough criminals are apprehended.”

Jake Moore, Security Specialist at ESET:

“The idea of the FBI employing convicted criminal hackers sounds like a...(continued)

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