Man jailed for DDoS attack against Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Just because you don’t agree with someone’s political views isn’t a good reason to launch a distributed denial-of-service attack against them.

23-year-old Mitchell L Frost, of Bellevue, Ohio, has a long time to learn that lesson as he serves a 30 month prison sentence for a series of DDoS attacks he launched against the websites of high profile US right-wingers Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani.

Frost launched the attacks between August 2006 and March 2007, while he was a student at the University of Akron. According to reports, Frost used the university’s network to control a botnet, hijacking innocent users’ computers around the world, spread malware, stole data including usernames, passwords and credit card numbers as well as launching the DDoS attack.

The former student also admitted…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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