Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Jacob Allen Wilkens, 24, of Postville, Iowa, was recently sentenced to 24 months' probation and ordered to pay $110,932.71 in restitution for participating in a DDoS attack against the Web site for Angel Soft, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, for two hours and two minutes on March 1, 2011 (h/t Softpedia).
Wilkens had previously pled guilty to a single count of computer fraud for joining others in using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon tool to flood the Angel Soft server with traffic.
According to the Courier, the attacking IP address accessed the Angel Soft site 196,471 times during the two-hour period -- the IP address was traced to Wilkens' parents' home, but they were eliminated as suspects due to their limited computer knowledge.
Koch Industries claimed to have suffered several hundred thousand dollars in losses as a result of the attack.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
Two others were recently sentenced for similar charges -- Christopher Michael Sudlik, 22, was ordered to pay $110,932.71 in restitution for participating in the same DDoS attack on the Angel Soft Web site for half an hour, and Eric J. Rosol, 38, was ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution for participating in a DDoS attack on kochind.com for one minute.