UPDATE: Hacking Suspect Pleads Guilty In Koch Cyberattack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

UPDATE:

A Wisconsin trucker who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has admitted his role in the onslaught that took the website offline for about 15 minutes.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The parties have agreed that the direct loss from the attack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous is less than $5,000. Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.

It will be up to a federal judge to decide at the Dec. 2 sentencing how much in restitution Rosol must pay.

Defense attorney Kurt Kerns says they're thankful to resolve the case through a misdemeanor that will allow Rosol to move on with his life.


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A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous on Wichita-based Koch Industries is due back in court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric J. Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., returns to a federal courtroom Wednesday after formally notifying the judge in July of his intent to plead in the case. Such notices typically indicate a deal is in the works for reduced charges.

Rosol was indicted in March on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Prosecutors allege Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to undertake a cyberattack using a tool that could send a high volume of repeated requests to various Koch Industries websites. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's main website crashed.


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