Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Christopher Michael Sudlik, 22, of St. Louis, Mo., was recently sentenced to 36 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $110,932.71 in restitution, for using the Low Orbin Ion Cannon tool to participate in a DDoS attack against the Web site for Angel Soft bathroom tissue, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, in March of 2011 (h/t DataBreaches.net).
Sudlik had previously admitted having participated in the attack, which Koch Industries claimed caused several hundred thousand dollars in damages.
In sentencing Sudlik, Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach noted the "serious nature of the offense" and condemned Sudlik's "arrogance" for believing that his political beliefs were superior to those of the Koch brothers.
In December of 2013, Eric. J. Rosol, 38, of Black Creek, Wis., was ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution for his participation in a similar DDoS attack.
Sudlik's sentencing came one day after documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed that the British government had launched DDoS attacks on servers being used by members of Anonymous.