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Man guilty of cybercrime

Date: June 22, 2007

In what federal prosecutors say is the first such case in Michigan, a Kentucky man faces prison time after he pleaded guilty in Detroit on Wednesday to orchestrating attacks on thousands of computers, cutting off their access to the Internet.

Jason Michael Downey, 24, pleaded guilty to computer fraud in connection with operating a "bot-net" -- a network of computers under his command because they were infected by a virus that allowed Downey to control them like robots.

In 2004, Downey used a program to command the 6,000 infected computers to attack an unknown number of other computers, bombarding them with so much data they could no longer access the Internet, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg told the court.

"Why?" U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds asked.
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