Man Sentenced for Role in Anonymous Attack Against Subsidiary of Koch Industries

No jail time, but he will have to do community service and pay restitution

22-year-old Christopher Michael Sudlik of St. Louis, Missouri, has been sentenced to 36 months’ probation and 60 hours of community service for taking part in the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack launched by Anonymous hackers against the website of Angel Soft, a Koch Industries subsidiary, back in 2011.

Sudlik has also been ordered to pay $110,932.71 (€81,996.25) in restitution.

In February and March 2011, Anonymous hacktivists targeted the website of the bath tissue brand as part of an operation against Koch Industries.

The attackers used the DDOS tool called the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to disrupt the website. Koch Industries claimed the attacks, which lasted for three days, caused losses of several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

During the sentencing, the judge said the defendant had crossed the line when he launched an illegal and costly cyberattack against those with different political beliefs.

Sudlik is not the only one sentenced for taking part in these DDOS attacks. Back in December 2013, 38-year-old Eric J. Rosol was sentenced to two years’ probation.

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