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'''Max Ray Vision''' (formerly '''Max Ray Butler''', alias '''Iceman''', born July 10, 1972),<ref name="admits infil">{{cite web|last=Evans|first=Will|title=Berkeley Hacker Admits To Government Infiltration|url=|work=The Daily Californian|accessdate=4&nbsp;March 2011|date=27&nbsp;September 2000}}</ref><ref name="Wired 2008">{{cite web|last=Poulsen|first=Kevin|title=One Hacker's Audacious Plan to Rule the Black Market in Stolen Credit Cards|url=|work=Wired|accessdate=4&nbsp;March 2011|date=22&nbsp;December 2008}}</ref><ref>''U.S. Public Records Index'' Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.</ref> a former computer security consultant,<ref name="CNBC">{{cite web|title=Case File: Cybercrime: Max Butler|url=|accessdate=28&nbsp;October 2010}}</ref> is an online hacker charged with two counts of wire fraud and theft of nearly 2&nbsp;million credit card numbers as well as approximately $86&nbsp;million in fraudulent charges.<ref name="CNET">{{cite web|last=Mills|first=Elinor|title='Iceman' pleads guilty in credit card theft case|url=|publisher=CNET News|accessdate=25&nbsp;September 2010}}</ref>
== Early life ==
Butler grew up in [[Meridian, Idaho]] and had a younger sibling; his parents divorced when he was 14.<ref name="Wired 2008"/> His father was a [[Vietnam War]] veteran and computer store owner and married a daughter of Ukrainian immigrants.<ref>{{cite book|last=Poulsen|first=Kevin|title=Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground|year=2011|publisher=Crown Publishers|isbn=978-0-307-58868-5|page=2|url=}}</ref> As a teenager, Max Butler became interested in [[Bulletin board system|bulletin board systems]] and hacking.<ref name="Wired 2008"/> After a parent reported a theft of chemicals from a lab room, [[Meridian High School (Idaho)|Meridian High School]] expelled Butler, and Butler pled guilty to malicious injury to property, first-degree burglary, and grand theft. Butler was diagnosed as [[bipolar]] in a two-week psychiatric evaluation at an in-care facility and ultimately received probation for his crimes, live with his father, and transfer to [[Bishop Kelly High School]].<ref>Poulsen, pp. 4-5.</ref>
==First offense==
Butler attended [[Boise State University]] for a year.<ref>{{cite web|title=Computer Hacker Masterminds|url=|work=American Greed|publisher=CNBC|date=5&nbsp;May 2010}}</ref> In 1991, Butler was convicted of assault during his freshman year of college.<ref name="Wired 2008"/> His appeal was unsuccessful on procedural grounds, as a judge ruled that Butler's defense attorney did not raise the issue in an earlier appeal. The Idaho State Penitentiary paroled Butler on April 26, 1995.<ref>Poulsen 2011, p. 15.</ref>
==Professional and personal life==
Butler moved with his father near [[Seattle]] and worked in part-time technical support positions in various companies. He discovered [[Internet relay chat]] and frequently downloaded [[warez]], or illegally downloaded software or media. After an [[Internet service provider]] in [[Littleton, Colorado]] traced Butler's uploads of warez to an unprotected [[file transfer protocol]]–the uploads were consuming excessive [[Bandwidth (computing)|bandwidth]]–to the [[CompuServe]] corporate offices in [[Bellevue, Washington]], CompuServe fired Butler.<ref>Poulsen 2011, p. 16.</ref>
Moving to [[Half Moon Bay, California]], Butler changed his last name to Vision and lived in a rented mansion "Hungry Manor" with a group of other computer enthusiasts.<ref>Poulsen 2011, pp. 14, 16.</ref> Butler became a system administrator at computer gaming start-up MPath Interactive.<ref>Poulsen 2011, p. 17.</ref> The [[Software Publishers Association]] filed a $300,000 lawsuit against Butler for pirating software from CompuServe's office and later settled the case for $3,500 and free computer consulting. In March 1997, Butler became an [[Informant#Criminal informants|informant]] for the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]]; one of the first reports he wrote for the FBI covered unprotected FTP file servers like the one in Colorado in which he uploaded the warez.<ref>Poulsen, pp. 17-18.</ref>
After marrying Kimi Winters, he moved to [[Berkeley, California]], and worked as a freelance [[Penetration test|pentester]] and security consultant. During this time, he developed the arachNIDS database, 'an online community resource called the “advanced reference archive of current heuristics for network intrusion detection systems,” or arachNIDS.'<ref name="Intrusion Detection and Prevention">{{cite web|title=McGraw Hill - Intrusion Detection and Prevention|url=|work=Intrusion Detection and Prevention|publisher=McGraw Hill/|accessdate=16&nbsp;March 2011}}</ref>
==FBI investigation, guilty plea, and sentencing==
In the spring of 1998, Butler installed a [[Backdoor (computing)|backdoor]] onto American federal government websites while trying to fix a security hole in the [[BIND]] server daemon. However, an investigator with the [[United States Air Force]] found Butler via pop-up notifications and his FBI handlers.<ref name="Wired 2008"/> The FBI had Butler infiltrate a group of hackers who hijacked [[3Com]]'s telephone system for personal [[teleconference]] use.<ref>Poulsen 2011, p. 35.</ref> Butler attended the annual [[DEF CON]] hacker convention the following summer and by then had second thoughts about his work with the FBI.<ref>Poulsen, pp. 35-39.</ref> He hired attorney [[Jennifer Granick]] for legal representation after hearing Granick speak at DEF CON, and the FBI terminated Butler consequently.<ref>Poulsen 2011, pp. 39-41.</ref> On September 25, 2000, Butler pled guilty to gaining unauthorized access to [[Defense Department]] computers.<ref name="admits infil"/> Starting in May 2001, Butler served an 18&nbsp;month federal prison sentence handed down by federal judge [[James Ware (judge)|James Ware]].<ref name="Wired 2001">{{cite web|title=A 'White Hat' Goes to Jail|url=|last=Delio|first=Michelle|work=Wired|accessdate=16&nbsp;March 2011|date=22&nbsp;May 2001}}</ref>
After his release from prison in 2003 on supervised release, Butler exploited [[Wi-Fi]] technology to commit cyberattacks anonymously along with Chris Aragon from San Francisco.<ref>Poulsen 2011, pp. 68-71.</ref> He advanced to programming [[malware]], such as allowing the [[Bifrost (trojan horse)|Bifrost]] [[trojan horse (computing)|trojan horse]] to evade virus scanner programs and exploited the [[HTML Application]] feature of [[Internet Explorer]] to steal [[American Express]] credit card information.<ref>Poulsen 2011, pp. 80-84.</ref> Butler also targeted [[Citibank]] by using a Trojan horse towards a credit card identity thief and began distributing [[personal identification number|PINs]] to Aragon, who would have others withdraw the maximum daily amount of cash from ATMs until the compromised account was empty.<ref>Poulsen, pp. 101-104.</ref>
Arrested in 2007, Butler was accused of operating [[Carders Market]], a forum where [[cyber crime|cyber criminals]] bought and sold sensitive data such as [[credit card number]]s. After pleading guilty to two counts of [[wire fraud]] from stealing nearly 2&nbsp;million credit card numbers and spending $86 million in fraudulent purchases, Butler was sentenced to 13&nbsp;years in prison, which is the longest sentence ever given for hacking charges. After prison, he will also face 5&nbsp;years of supervised release and is ordered to pay $27.5&nbsp;million in [[restitution]] to his victims.<ref name=CNET /><ref name="TechWorld">{{cite web|last=McMillan|first=Robert|title=Hacker Iceman gets record 13&nbsp;year sentence|url=|accessdate=28&nbsp;October 2010}}</ref>
Butler is currently serving his sentence at the [[List of U.S. federal prisons|Federal Prison Camp, Yankton]], a minimum security facility in South Dakota. He is scheduled for release on January 1, 2019.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Federal Bureau of Prisons | |date= |accessdate=2012-08-01}}</ref>
== Further reading ==
*[[Kevin Poulsen]], ''Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground'', 2011, publisher: Crown. ISBN 0-307-58868-8
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Reporter Information
Reporter: Mark (anonymous)
Date: Thursday, the 12th of May 2016 at 08:38:18 AM
Status: Reported
Thursday, the 13th of September 2012 at 12:35:04 PM #88242
gladstone54 (anonymous)

Our client wishes that this information be removed! He is still a living person and does not wish to have his life posted to the public. If this change isn't made or deleted, we will be taking legal action to have it removed. Elite Paralegal Services

Thursday, the 12th of May 2016 at 08:38:18 AM #104337
Mark (anonymous)