Second man jailed for Scientology DDoS attack

Graham Cluley

Even if you don’t like someone (or a particular organisation) that’s not a reason to commit a criminal act.

In January 2008, a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) struck websites websites belonging to the highly controversial Scientology organisation – flooding them with internet traffic, and making them inaccessible to the outside world.

Yesterday, as The Register reports, a second man was jailed for the attack.

20-year-old Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, who had admitted his involvement in the internet assault at a hearing earlier this year, has now been jailed for one year and ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation.

We all know that Scientology is highly controversial, and they are rarely from the headlines (for instance, it’s was…

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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.