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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 6, 2017

CMU Student Sentenced to Probation for Causing Damage to Others’ Computers

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, with 300 hours of community service and computer monitoring, on his conviction of attempting and conspiring to cause damage to others’ computers, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Morgan Culbertson, 22, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, Culbertson, known as “Android” on the online computer hacking forum known as Darkode, developed and sold malware known as Dendroid, which was used to infect victims’ Google Android phones. Once infected, Dendroid would allow Culbertson and his conspirators to steal information stored on the cell phones and to remotely use features on the phones.

Assistant United States Attorney James T. Kitchen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Culbertson.

Updated February 6, 2017