Jordan Bradley and Andrew Harvey have been sentenced to prison for 3 and 6 months respectively, for creating the "TK worm".
Jordan Bradley and Andrew Harvey have been sentenced to prison for three months and six months respectively, for creating the "TK worm".
Bradley and Harvey had tried to make their own Internet chatroom more secure, and used a computer virus that replicated itself and affected computers in various parts of the world. Once the worm infected a computer, it allowed hackers to use free space and bandwidth for their own purposes.
Bradley, 22 and Harvey, 24, have admitted that they conspired to cause unauthorized modification of computers with intent, between December 2001 and February 2003.
The court agreed that the worm was not created for a nefarious purpose, but the duo's involvement in its use helped it spread worldwide, and in effect warranted their jail sentences.
Bradley and Harvey were arrested in February 2003, following an investigation by UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and USA s multi-agency CATCH team (Computer and Technology Crime Hi-Tech Response Team) based in southern California.
Adrian Waterman, prosecutor, told Newcastle Crown Court, that at the time of the investigation the worm was the most technically complex case that the National HiTech Crime Unit had ever investigated.
Judge Beatrice Bolton told the pair, that a custodial sentence had to be imposed to serve as a public warning.
Jordan Bradley who is reportedly a member of an international hacking gang, dubbed the "Thr34t Krew", was still at his terminal when US and British detectives raided his parents' home in Darlington, County Durham, northern England, before dawn.
On Friday, Bradley, who used the online name "Phreeze", and his friend Andrew Harvey, known as "Doom" in the chat rooms, were sentenced to jail by the Newcastle Crown Court, for controlling the "TK worm" that inflicted an estimated $9.7 million damage across the Internet.