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RAT author jailed for 30 months, ordered to hand over $725k worth of Bitcoin

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A US court has sentenced a programmer to 30 months in a federal prison in connection with software that claimed to be a legitimate tool for Windows sysadmins to remotely manage computers, but was actually used by criminals to backdoor PCs and secretly spy on victims.

21-year-old Colton Grubbs, of Stanford, Kentucky, admitted earlier this year that his software, LuminosityLink, was used for illegal surveillance and remote access of computers without the victims’ knowledge and consent, had actively marketed the software as a remote access trojan (RAT) to criminals, and provided support and assistance to his customers via sites such as HackForums.


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