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30 Months In Prison For Denial Of Service Hit On Politicians' Websites

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

For all of those participating in the denial of service attacks being put together by "Anonymous," you might want to consider that a guy who took down various politicians' websites with DDoS attacks just got 30 months in prison -- along with over $50,000 in fines and 3 additional years of "supervised release." This certainly seems like punishment way out of line with the actual actions, but in this day and age of law enforcement and the legal system not really understanding technology, it's not all that surprising.

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    Griff (profile), 9 Nov 2010 @ 8:15am

    Let me get this straight

    If I write to my representative, that's OK.
    If a million people in my state write to their representative, that might create a DoS . Are they all liable ? Or is it only the ringleader (it's unlikely to happen by chance) ?

    If I encourage people to write to their representative to protest a crappy law and 1 million people do so am I guilty of orchestrating a DoS ?
    (Assuming I'm not daft enough to suggest that they do it for that reason).

    I know that organisations such as Amnesty and Avaaz have campaigns where they encourage people to email/call/fax some evil official in a far away land over some applaing crime against someone. Is that a DoS attack ? I'd have thought that it doesn't take many faxes to render someone's fax line useless.

    Now a DDoS is a different matter - that implies control over a bot network without lots of PC owners' permission, but wasn't there that Israeli company that allowed you to effectively opt in as part of a protest network - running their software meant they used your PC as part of a mass protest against spammers' sites.
    Would that guy have been jailed in the USA ?
    Or is it only a crime when it's against the government ?

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