Man convicted: a story of sadistic revenge, online sex and DDoS attacks

Graham Cluley
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Here’s an extraordinary story of how an internet feud ignited into an attack which involved sadistic revenge, 100,000 compromised computers around the world, divorce and a man with his life in ruins.

A 48-year-old American faces jail after being found guilty of launching a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against websites that had published humiliating stories about his adulterous “affair” with a fictitious online lover.

Computer programmer Bruce Raisley found himself at odds with “Perverted Justice”, a controversial group who posed as minors on internet chatrooms in an attempt to ensnare paedophiles. “Perverted Justice” collaborated with a US TV news program on a controversial feature called “To Catch a Predator”.

Although initially a supporter of the group, Raisley became uncomfortable with the techniques…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.

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