Zombie Leader Faces Jail

Silicon reports that a US man has pleaded guilty to leasing out networks of compromised computers to criminals so they can carry out denial of service and spam attacks.

Twenty-year old Californian Jeanson James Ancheta faces up to six years in prison for felony charges that include making more than $61,000 from renting the illegal networks and infecting US military computers.

Reports suggest this could be the first case to take aim at people who profit from 'botnets' - networks of virus-infected computers used by hackers to launch attacks.

Last year Ancheta was charged with 17 counts of conspiracy fraud and a 14-month hacking spree that lasted for more than a year.