(NEW YORK) -- A computer programmer who launched a virus that infected about 100,000 computers and directed them to attack media outlets that republished stories about him was found guilty in federal court in New Jersey Wednesday. Bruce Raisley, a 49-year-old former volunteer for Perverted Justice, an organization that worked with the NBC television show Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" series to identify and apprehend pedophiles, was convicted on one count of a federal indictment that charged him with creating a malicious program that attacked computers and websites. After a falling out with the group and its founder, Xavier Von Erck, Raisley became an outspoken critic of Perverted Justice and Von Erck, according to Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey. Later, two popular magazines, Rolling Stone and Radar, published articles in 2006 and 2007 that discussed the TV show and its techniques and included references to an online sex sting involving Raisley. This urged Raisley to launch a virus designed to attack computers and websites. The count carries a maximum sentence of up to ten years and a maximum fine of up to $150,000. In addition, Raisley will be required to make restitution for the estimated $100,000 in economic harm that he did to the web sites.
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