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By SecureWorld News Team
Thu | Feb 9, 2017 | 10:11 AM PST

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.