Two hackers have been jailed in the Netherlands for infecting millions of computers with malware and stealing personal data, including credit card details, to purchase electronic goods.The main perpetrator was sentenced to two years in prison and his accomplice to 18 months, the Dutch prosecution service said in a statement on Tuesday.
The court also ordered the men to pay a fine. The 20-year-old chief hacker was given a €9,000 (£6,000) fine, while his 28-year-old collaborator was ordered to pay €4,000 (£2,650).
The fraudsters infected millions of PCs with a Trojan horse called Toxbot and hijacked the compromised machines to steal credit card details and other personal information, court reports said. They also used the infected computers to launch denial-of-service attacks against websites.
The duo, who were arrested in October last year, used the stolen data to buy electronic goods, including iPods, digital cameras and PlayStation game consoles.
One of the men was responsible for creating the Trojan horse, while his accomplice helped spread the malware and maintain the botnet network.
Several other suspects in the case are still awaiting sentencing.