A University of Pennsylvania junior is one of eight people charged in the latest phase of an FBI investigation into the criminal use of “botnets,” or collections of compromised computers under the remote control of a hacker.



Ryan Goldstein, 21, hijacked a university server—causing it to crash—as he helped a New Zealand hacker attack several online chat sites, the FBI has charged. Goldstein was angry that one of the sites had kicked him off after a dispute, according to the federal indictment.



Goldstein’s arrest earlier this month

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