Trucker in Koch cyber-attack to pay restitution, sentenced to probation

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A trucker from Wisconsin must pay $183,000 in restitution for his role in an attack that took out the website of Wichita-based Koch Industries for about 15 minutes.

Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., was also sentenced to two years of probation, and forced to surrender his computer, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court of Kansas. Rosol’s sentencing hearing was Monday in Wichita.

Rosol pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer, as part of a plea agreement reached Sept. 11. A grand jury had charged him with conspiracy. To date, Rosol is the only person to be charged in the attack organized by the computer hacking group “Anonymous,” according to the indictment.

Both parties have stipulated the actual losses from the attack are less than $5,000. But Koch Industries, one of the largest private companies in the U.S., successfully argued that an additional expense of $183,000 paid to a consulting group to protect its’ websites from attack should be included in Rosol’s restitution payments.

The indictment states that beginning in February of 2011 Anonymous advertised a “Dedicated Denial of Service Attack” (DDOS) on Koch Industries, and its websites “Kochind.com,” “quiltednorthern.com,” and “angelsoft.com.”

A DDOS attack sends a high volume of repeated requests to the targeted website or websites, which cause the target to become so saturated with requests it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered effectively unavailable.

According to the plea agreement, the defendant admitted that on Feb. 28, 2011, he participated for about one minute in the DDOS attack on the web server for Kochind.com.

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