UPDATE: Wis. trucker sentenced in Koch cyberattack

UPDATED Monday, December 2, 2013 --- 1:51 p.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has been sentenced to two years' probation for the onslaught that briefly took the company's website offline.

Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., was also ordered Monday to pay $183,000 in restitution for taking part in the attack on Koch Industries. He pleaded guilty earlier to a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

Prosecutors agreed in Rosol's plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of guidelines.

Koch's website was offline for about 15 minutes during the 2011 attack organized by the hacking collective Anonymous.

The parties agreed the direct loss to Koch was less than $5,000. But Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, December 2, 2013 --- 8:34 a.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries will learn his fate for the onslaught that briefly took the company's website offline.

Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., faced sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Wichita on one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

Prosecutors agreed in Rosol's plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of federal guidelines.

Koch's website was offline for about 15 minutes during the February 2011 attack organized by the hacking group Anonymous.

The parties agreed the direct loss to Koch was less than $5,000. But Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will decide how much restitution Rosol must pay.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 4:13 p.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin trucker who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has admitted his role in the onslaught that took the website offline for about 15 minutes.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The parties have agreed that the direct loss from the attack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous is less than $5,000. Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.

It will be up to a federal judge to decide at the Dec. 2 sentencing how much in restitution Rosol must pay.

Defense attorney Kurt Kerns says they're thankful to resolve the case through a misdemeanor that will allow Rosol to move on with his life.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 5:41 a.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous on Wichita-based Koch Industries is due back in court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric J. Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., returns to a federal courtroom Wednesday after formally notifying the judge in July of his intent to plead in the case. Such notices typically indicate a deal is in the works for reduced charges.

Rosol was indicted in March on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Prosecutors allege Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to undertake a cyberattack using a tool that could send a high volume of repeated requests to various Koch Industries websites. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's main website crashed.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, July 29, 2013 --- 3:58 p.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous on Wichita-based Koch Industries is expected to plead guilty in the case.

A formal notice of intent to change a plea was filed Monday for 37-year-old Eric J. Rosol of Black Creek, Wis.

Rosol was indicted in March on one federal count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Prosecutors allege Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to undertake a cyberattack using a tool that could send a high volume of repeated requests to various Koch Industries websites. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's main website, www.kochind.com, crashed.

Rosol's change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11 in federal court in Wichita.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -- 7:44 a.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries organized by the computer hacker group Anonymous is expected in court to face criminal charges.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric J. Rosol of Black Creek, Wis., was summoned to appear Wednesday in federal court in Wichita for his initial hearing. He faces one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Such first appearances are brief and used to set bond and appoint legal representation as needed.

The indictment alleges that Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to launch a "Low Orbit Ion Cannon" that sent a high volume of repeated requests to a Koch website. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's website crashed.

Rosol is also accused of sending a code that damaged the company's computer.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- 6:23 p.m.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man has been charged with joining a cyber attack on Wichita-based Koch Industries organized by the computer hacker group Anonymous.

The U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday that 37-year-old Eric J. Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., was indicted on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

The indictment alleges that Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to launch a so-called Low Orbit Ion Cannon that sent a high volume of repeated requests to a Koch website. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's website crashed.

Rosol also is accused of sending a code that damaged the company's computer.

A phone message left for Rosol at his home was not immediately returned. Prosecutors do not know whether he has retained an attorney.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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