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Hacker indicted in Anonymous Koch Industries attack

28 Mar 2013
Anonymous news site

Authorities in the US have charged a Wisconsin man for his part in a 2011 Anonymous attack on Koch Industries.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) claimed that 37-year-old Eric Rosol ran afoul of computer misuse laws when he helped to organise an attack on a site owned by the controversial industrial conglomerate.

According to the DoJ, Rosol was among the organisers of Anonymous attack which used the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) denial of service tool to disrupt the web site. The site is among the brands owned the by the Koch brothers, prominent supporters of conservative politics in the US.

"In February 2011, a loosely organised 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," the DoJ said in announcing the charges.

"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."

The arrest is the latest in an ongoing campaign by law enforcement officials to track down members of the controversial Anonymous and Antisec hacktivist movements. Hackers in both the US and UK have been charged in connection with various operations ranging from denial of service attacks to data breaches and theft of customer data.

Earlier this month, a US journalist was charged with supplying Anonymous hackers with login credentials of his former employer. The credentials were later used to deface a news website.

That same month, Hacktivist Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months in prison for helping to leak some 100,000 iPad user accounts.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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