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District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty To Anonymous Attack On Koch Industries

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a cyber-attack on Koch Industries in Wichita sponsored by a group known as Anonymous, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Eric J. Rosol, 37, Black Creek, Wis., pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer. In his plea, he admitted that on Feb. 28, 2011, he took part in a denial of service attack on the Web page of Koch Industries, Kochind.com. From Wisconsin, he used software called a Low Orbit Ion Cannon Code, which was loaded on his computer. He took part in the attack for approximately one minute. The attack, which was organized by a computer hacking group known as Anonymous caused Kochind.com to go offline for approximately 15 minutes.

Koch Industries had hired a consulting group to protect its Web sites at a cost of approximately $183,000. The parties agree that the cost attributed to the defendant’s attack is less than $5,000.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 2. He faces a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and restitution in an amount to be determined by the judge. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.

Updated December 15, 2014