A STUDENT HACKER who targeted US right-wing icons has been sentenced to 30 months in a place where he'll have to be careful about dropping the soap.
Mitchell Frost, from Bellevue, Ohio, used a botnet to attack and knock offline websites belonging to the reichwing Fox News political partisans Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter.
According to Computer World, Frost has been told that he must pay O'Reilly $40,000 and $10,000 to the University of Akron, where he was enrolled at the time of the hacking attacks. He had admitted the charges in May.
His mistake was that he used the school's computer network to control a botnet he'd built up between August 2006 and March 2007, so he was easier to trace.
He launched distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against Rudy Giuliani's Joinrudy2008.com website, Billoreilly.com and Anncoulter.com. He attacked the Bill O'Reilly website five times before he finally got it to shut up.
The University was disrupted too, when Frost knocked its network offline for eight-and-a-half hours while trying to DDOS attack a gaming server hosted by the university.
Two weeks later his dorm room was raided. He wasn't charged, however, until May of this year.
Prosecutors asked the court to throw the book at Frost. Oddly it was not because he had taken on people who are worshipped in parts of Ohio.
Apparently it was because he told porkies to his probation officer about an online business he'd set up following his arrest.
Frost said he set up the Discountjwh.com website earlier this year to flog a synthetic cannabis that is legal for sale in some US states, including Ohio.
However apparently Frost told his probation officer that he was flogging the product as a bonsai plant fertilizer and never meant for it to be consumed by humans. He said that he lied to his probation officer in a moment of panic. µ
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