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Wisconsin trucker sentenced in Koch cyberattack

Associated Press - December 2, 2013 7:28 pm

A Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has been sentenced to two years’ probation for the onslaught that briefly took the company’s website offline.

Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., was also ordered Monday to pay $183,000 in restitution for taking part in the attack on Koch Industries. He pleaded guilty earlier to a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

Prosecutors agreed in Rosol’s plea deal to recommend a sentence at the low end of guidelines.

Koch’s website was offline for about 15 minutes during the 2011 attack organized by the hacking collective Anonymous.

The parties agreed the direct loss to Koch was less than $5,000. But Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.