1-year prison term for man who participated in cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites

A New Jersey man will serve a 366-day federal prison term for conducting a cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites in January 2008.

At a hearing Wednesday in Newark 19-year-old Dmitriy Guzner of Verona also was sentenced to two years’ probation after his release from prison.

– Source / Full Story: NJ man gets 1-year term for participating in cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites, Associated Press via the Hartford Courant, Nov. 18, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Dmitriy Guzner, 18, of Verona, New Jersey, helped carry out the crippling distributed denial of service (DDoS) assault because he believed it furthered the goals of the anti-Scientology group “Anonymous,” to which he claimed to belong, according to court documents filed in federal court.

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The attacks, which at times rendered Scientology’s website unreachable, were said to be in retaliation for its misuse of copyright and trademark law in censorship of criticism against the church. The DDoS attacks, which take websites offline by bombarding them with more traffic than they can handle, were largely unsophisticated brute force, floods, security experts have said.

– Source / Full Story: US teen admits to ‘Anonymous’ DDoS attack on Scientology, , Dan Goodin, The Register, Oct. 17, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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