An anonymous reader writes: So the guy pleads guilty to infecting 250,000 computers with bots to steal paypal accounts, and is looking at 60 years in prison. Of course this is in California, so he'll probably get a sushi roll and a sharp word and then a government job. If the courts want cybercrime to be taken seriously, they should stop treating computers as if they were the second-class citizens of private property. One count of breaking and entering is typically worth a few months in prison, even in California. Identity theft likewise commands a couple of years. So this fellow should be looking at about a million years in prison, not a mere 60. The fact that computers make these crimes easier to commit does not diminish how offensive they are to society.