Three young men who developed and deployed the original Mirai IoT botnet malware were sentenced on Tuesday in an Alaskan federal court to five years probation – a lenient punishment earned through extensive cooperation with FBI on other cyber investigations.

Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J.; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Penn.; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, La. were also each ordered to pay $127,000 in restitutions and serve 2,500 hours of community service that will require continued collaboration with law enforcement authorities and researchers on cybercrime and cybersecurity matters.

A Sept. 18 Wired article citing additional court documents states the three men have already accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service by lending their expertise to at least a dozen investigations. This reportedly includes efforts to reduce the impact of high-volume distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, counter a nation-state-backed APT group, and perhaps undercover work.

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