A 37-year-old man from Black Creek, WI, is now facing charges for his role in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites owned by Koch Industries in February 2011 by members of Anonymous and their supporters, federal officials said.
Eric J. Rosol faces charges of one count of damaging a protected computer and one count of conspiracy to damage a protected computer, said U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
In February 2011, 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, according to the indictment.
That type of attack aims at making a computer resource unavailable to users by saturating the target computer with large numbers of external communication requests. If successful, the attack causes the target computer to be unable to respond or to respond so slowly it ends up effectively unavailable to users.
A “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” was the attack of choice so it could send a high volume of repeated requests to Koch Web sites, according to the indictment.
On February 27, 2011, Anonymous told conspirators to use the Low Orbit Ion Cannon to attack a Koch Industries Web site quiltednorthern.com, according to the indictment.
On February 28, 2011, Anonymous told conspirators to attack the Koch Industries website Kochind.com, according to the indictment. Rosol and others launched Low Orbit Ion Cannon attacks on Kochind.com, according to the indictment.
As a result of the attack, the website Kochind.com crashed and was unavailable for legitimate traffic, according to the indictment.
If convicted, Rosol faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated.