Louisiana man accused in illegal computer hacking forum
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana man was arrested in the government's crackdown an online "criminal bazaar" where computer hackers bought and sold stolen databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computers and cellphones.
Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested 28-year-old Rory Stephen Guidry of Opelousas, La., on a count of computer fraud.
Guidry is among 70 alleged cybercriminals in the United States targeted in the 18-month probe of Darkode.com. Investigators say the secretive, members-only site was the largest-known English language malware forum in the world until the FBI got a court order to shut it down.
In an affidavit for Guidry's arrest, the FBI says Guidry allegedly operated and sold access to a botnet, in which Web-connected, security-breached computers are controlled by a malicious third party.