A MAN has been charged with taking part in a cyber attack on an outfit called Koch Industries.
According to a statement from the US Department of Justice (DoJ), Eric J. Rosol, 37, is charged with one count of conspiracy to damage a protected computer and one count of damaging a protected computer.
The indictment alleges that he got swept up in the cyber attack on the company by Anonymous hacktivists.
It claims that the hacktivist group began sending out messages over internet relay chat that asked for participants to launch a Low Orbit Ion Cannon attack as a denial of service weapon against the Koch Industries in February 2011.
"In February 2011, a loosely organized group of computer hackers called Anonymous began using Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channels to advertise a dedicated denial of service attack against Koch industries and seeking participants to the attack," said a statement from the DoJ.
"If successful, the attack causes the target computer to be unable to respond or to respond so slowly as to be effectively unavailable to users
A number of Koch Industries' websites were targeted by the group, including quiltednorthern.com and Kochind.com. According to the DoJ statement, the denial of service attack flooded the websites, meaning that they were closed down for legitimate traffic.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of five years in US federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
Koch Industries apparently was targeted because of the men behind it, two multi-billionaire brothers who exert political influence throughout the US and were backing the Wisconsin governer in a campaign to weaken public employee unions in that state at the time. µ