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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DARKODE Member from Kentucky Sentenced for Role in Compromising Others Computers

PITTSBURGH - A resident Hampton, Kentucky of has been sentenced in federal court to two years of probation, with 50 hours of community service and computer monitoring on his conviction of one count of a violation of the CAN-SPAM Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§1037(a)(1) and (b)(2)(A), United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Ryan Neil Green, age 32, of Hampton, KY.

According to information presented to the court, Green knowingly accessed a protected computer without authorization, namely a computer that had been infected by the Facebook Spreader and Slenfbot, and did intentionally initiate the transmission of multiple commercial electronic mail messages from or through such computer.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Green.

Updated September 28, 2016