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'Hacker' pleads guilty to attacking antiphishing group

DDoS assault earns Californian two-year 'vacation' courtesy of Bot Roast

By Robert McMillan
June 10, 2008 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - A Fairfield, Calif., man has pleaded guilty to launching a Valentine's Day 2007 computer attack that nearly knocked an antiphishing Web site offline.

Gregory King, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to two counts of "transmitting code to cause damage to a protected computer," for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the CastleCops antiphishing Web site and KillaNet, an online forum for gamers and graphic designers.

He was arrested on Oct. 1 as part of the FBI's Operation Bot Roast. As agents knocked on his door, King stashed his laptop computer in his backyard, but it was eventually recovered, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

KillaNet was attacked between 2004 and 2006 by King's botnet of about 7,000 hacked computers, the DOJ said in a statement.

CastleCops said that its attack reached a peak strength of 969Mbit/sec. If the volunteer-run organization had been charged for all that bandwidth, it would have had to close shop, the group said.

CastleCops collects information on phishing attacks and works with law enforcement authorities to thwart the attacks.

King's plea agreement calls for a two-year prison sentence. He is set to be sentenced on Sept. 3 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton.

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