Wisconsin Man Charged with Participating in Anonymous Cyber Attack

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Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., has been charged with one count of conspiracy to damage a protected computer and one count of damaging a protected computer for his alleged involvement in a 2011 Anonymous DDoS attack on Koch Industries.

According to the indictment, in February of 2011, Anonymous hackers began using IRC channels to seek participants in a DDoS attack against Koch Industries using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) tool, as part of #OpWisconsin.

"Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin. Governor Walker's union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed," Anonymous stated in a press release at the time. "This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process."

On February 27, 2011, participants were told to use the LOIC to attack quiltednorthern.com, a Koch Industries Web site -- and on February 28, 2011, participants were told to attack another Koch Industries site, kochind.com. Rosol is accused of participating in the attack on kochind.com, which crashed the site.

Rosol, who appears to have simply downloaded and used the LOIC tool when told to do so -- he's hardly the mastermind behind the campaign -- is the only person to be charged in connection with the attack, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Still, his potential punishment is significant. If convicted, Rosol faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.