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Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty
To Anonymous Attack on Koch Industries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sept. 11, 2013

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.

 

 

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