A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

Judges go soft on cyber crime as hackers evade behind bars.
Darren Pauli
Two US hackers have escaped prison, receiving probation instead of time in federal coolers.
Blackshades remote access trojan (RAT) co-creator Michael Hogue, 25, of Arizona, could have stared down five years prison for his role in developing the BlackShades remote access trojan but instead received the time on probation.
His co-developer Alex Yucel, 25, of Sweden was sentenced to five years prison last June.
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Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/