Scientology website attacker sent to jail

Graham Cluley
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A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after instigating a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) against websites belonging to the highly controversial Scientology organisation.

Dmitriy Guzner, of Verona, New Jersey, played a key role in an attack in January 2008 which crippled Scientology websites by flooding them with internet traffic, making them inaccessible to the outside world.

Guzner, a student at Quinnipiac University, admitted his involvement in the attack a year ago, but has denied being a member of the Anonymous group which believes Scientology to be a dangerous cult, and who have staged protests around the world wearing distinctive Guy Fawkes masks.

Judge Joseph Greenaway sentenced Guzner to a year and one day in prison, followed by two years of probation. In addition, Guzner has been ordered to pay $37,500 to the Scientology…

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