The former FireEye intern charged with creating malware has avoided a prison sentence.
Graham Cluley explains:
22-year-old Morgan Culbertson of Churchill, Pittsburgh, has been ordered to perform 300 hours of community service.
Which is a lot sweeter deal than the 16 months in prison he could have faced under federal guidelines for creating and selling the Dendroid malware.
Dendroid is a sophisticated piece of Android malware, capable of hijacking smartphones in order to steal data and spy on innocent users via their cameras.
Culbertson plotted to sell his Dendroid malware for $350, and demanded $65,000 from anyone interested in buying his source code. He was caught after the FBI raided the Darkode cybercrime forum in 2015, dashing his hopes of infecting almost half a million Android phones with his malware.