A botnet master has been given a sentence of five years in prison, among other things, for running a network of compromised PCs and distributing adware. The adware portion is what is most interesting. What was formerly something just assumed to be part of the Internet experience is quickly turning into crime, with more and more digital criminals being tried and convicted. In this case, a 21 year old
from California was selling access to infected computers and getting adware installed through covert methods (which doubtlessly had a lot to do with the infected machines in the first place). It ended up netting up a huge amount of cash and even a nice car. Too bad it wasn't meant to be.