A New Zealand teenager who was accused of designing a botnet with more than a million nodes, may turn in his black hat in favor of a sheriff’s badge. According to published reports, a criminal gang paid Owen Thor Walker, 18, $31,000 to design a Trojan and build a botnet that would eventually be used to steal at least $20 million. Now, after agreeing to pay $10k in damages, the teen has been recruited by the New Zealand police for their cybercrime task force.

This sounds a little familiar, even if it lacks the panache of “Catch Me if You Can.”

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