Second man admits involvement in Scientology DDoS attack

Graham Cluley
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A second man has admitted his role in a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) against websites belonging to the highly controversial Scientology organisation that struck the sites in January 2008.

According to media reports, 20-year-old Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Nebraska has signed a plea agreement confirming that he downloaded software from an anti-Scientology web forum with the intention of inflicting damage on Scientology’s online presence.

The attack crippled Scientology websites by flooding them with internet traffic, making them inaccessible to the outside world.

Mettenbrink’s plea agreement with prosecutors proposes that a 12 month jail term would be appropriate, but the final decision will be made by a judge.

Last November, Dmitriy Guzner, of Verona, New Jersey, was…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.