The 21-year-old developer who cooked up LuminosityLink – the $39.99, turnkey, remote-access Trojan (RAT) used as spyware, keylogger, electricity/CPU-stealing cryptocurrency miner, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) launchpad by cybercrooks in 78 countries – was sentenced last week to 30 months in federal prison. In a plea deal, Colton Grubbs also gave up the $725,000 worth of bitcoin he made from peddling the malware, which was marketed as a legitimate remote-administration tool but which he knew full well was being used by plenty of customers to remotely access and control their victims’ computers without their knowledge or consent.

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