A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced an Opelousas man to one year and one day in prison for hacking computers to steal money and passwords, then attempting to sell stolen information on a now-defunct global hacking forum known as “Darkode.”
Rory Stephen Guidry, 29, who identified online as firstname.lastname@example.org, pleaded guilty in February to one count of obtaining information by computer from a protected computer. As part of the sentence, he will also serve three years of supervised release, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office.
While living in Opelousas, Guidry hacked into and controlled more than 5,000 computers by installing malware on the devices — a hacking system called a “botnet” — and attempted to sell the botnet to another hacker on the Darkode forum, according to Guidry’s guilty plea cited in the release.
Guidry also conspired to steal more than $80,000 in the digital currency bitcoin, half of which he received and spent. In addition, also hacked another computer to steal more than 5,000 active credit card accounts, the release stated.
Guidry had already been accused of participating in an online hacking attack on a server in Austin while he had been living in Liberty Hill, Texas, in July 2014.
The FBI arrested Guidry in July 2015 in Opelousas after the dismantling of the Darkode hacker forum, which resulted in criminal arrests of more than 70 of the forum’s members across 20 countries.