38-year-old Eric J. Rosol has been sentenced to two years federal probation for participating in the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack launched by Anonymous hackers against the website of Koch Industries, Kochind.com, back in February 2011.The Wisconsin man has also been ordered to pay $183,000 (€135,000) in restitution. Earlier this year, Rosol pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.
On February 28, 2011, a large number of people took part in Anonymous’ attack against Koch Industries. They all used the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) tool provided to them by the initiators of the operation.
Rosol was one of them. Despite the fact that he only took part in the attack for around one minute, authorities managed to identify him.
After the attack, which disrupted the website for about 15 minutes, Koch representatives said they paid a consulting group $183,000 (€135,000) to secure the site.