Colton Grubbs, 21, of Stanford, Kentucky, was sentenced for "conspiracy to unlawfully access computers in furtherance of a criminal act, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the illegal removal of property to prevent its lawful seizure", according to a statement from the US Department of Justice on Monday.
The software was able to record keystrokes, spy on users through webcams and microphones, view and download files, and steal login credentials.
As iTWire reported, In February, Britain's National Crime Agency said it had acted in collaboration with security officials in Europe, the US and Australia, to take the software off the Web.
The British NCA said at the time that law enforcement had acted to neuter the RAT in September last year. Luminosity Link was first found on the PC of a suspect in Bristol who was arrested in September 2016; his arrest was in connection with another investigation under the Computer Misuse Act.
“Our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the Internet,” said Robert Duncan, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
“People simply have to have confidence in their ability to use these modern instruments to transact their business, privately communicate, and securely maintain their information.
"It is essential that we vigorously prosecute those who erode that confidence and illicitly gain access to computer systems and the electronic information of others. Everyone benefits when this deceitful conduct is discovered, investigated, and prosecuted.”