Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Feds Arrest Man Allegedly Behind DDoS Attacks Against Rolling Stone

Matt Hamblen writes on ComputerWorld:

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with allegedly launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against at least nine Web sites, including Rolling Stone magazine's site, which was attacked multiple times for nearly a year.

Bruce Raisley, of Monaca, Penn., has been charged with intentionally causing damage to a protected computer. Raisley, who surrendered to authorities, is scheduled for a court hearing this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.

According to FBI Special Agent Susan Secco, writing in a criminal complaint, Raisley allegedly launched repeated DDoS attacks against a list of Web sites for close to a year. All of the sites targeted ran one of two articles about the controversial organization Perverted Justice, which works to identify sexual predators and pedophiles. The group worked with the producers of Dateline NBC's popular To Catch a Predator reality TV show, which aimed to catch adults in the act of contacting minors for sexual liaisons.

More here.


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