CastleCops Attacker Sentenced to Prison
Via The (Vacaville, California) Reporter.
A Fairfield computer hacker once known as "'Silenz" and "sZ" has been sentenced to two years in prison.
United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Tuesday that Gregory King, 21, of Fairfield, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and was ordered to pay $69,000 in restitution following a guilty plea to two counts of transmitting code to cause damage to a protected computer.
King reportedly admitted to using a "botnet" to conduct distributed-denial-of-service attacks against two different business Web sites - Killanet and Castlecops.
In such an attack, the hacker uses a system of malware-infected, zombie computers to flood victim computers with information and thereby disable them.
King was arrested on Oct. 1, 2007, after FBI agents raided his home and seized a laptop computer containing botnet software and references to King's different Internet monikers.