Teenage hacker admits Scientology DDoS attack

Graham Cluley

A teenage hacker has admitted his involvement in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against websites belonging to the highly controversial Scientology organisation.

18-year-old Dmitriy Guzner, of Verona, New Jersey, played a role in a crippling assault which flooded websites belonging to Scientology with internet traffic, making the sites effectively inaccessible to the outside world, in January 2008.

Guzner, who is expected to formally plead guilty in the next few weeks according to the Department of Justice, could face up to 10 years in prison.

Scientology, founded by pulp sci-fi paperback writer L Ron Hubbard in the 1950s, is no stranger to internet battles. These digital scuffles are many and varied and, in some cases, reflect badly both on Scientology and the Anti-Scientology movement who believe them to be a destructive cult. Often neither side…

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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.