Anonymous Hacker gets Probation

Thursday, February 6, 2014 @ 01:02 PM gHale

A 22-year-old St. Louis man will get 36 months probation and 60 hours of community service for taking part in the 2011 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack launched by Anonymous hackers against the website of Koch Industries subsidiary, Angel Soft.

Christopher Michael Sudlik also must pay $110,932.71 in restitution after his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Green Bay,WI.

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In February and March 2011, Anonymous hacktivists targeted the website of the bath tissue brand as part of an operation against Koch Industries.

The attackers used the DDoS tool called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to disrupt the website. Koch Industries claimed the attacks, which lasted for three days, caused losses of several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

During the sentencing, the judge said the defendant had crossed the line when he launched an illegal and costly cyber attack against those with different political beliefs.

In December 2013, Eric J. Rosol, 38, received two years’ probation.

Sudlik pleaded guilty in October to the misdemeanor charge of intentionally damaging a computer by knowing transmission. As part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Sudlik also had to forfeit his custom-built computer.

Hackers targeted Koch Industries because it backed Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 reforms that stripped public worker unions of most bargaining.

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