By David Sarno
Los Angles Times
May 11, 2009
Remember that cyber-attack on Church of Scientology websites those many
moons ago? It was an early volley in the brief but memorable war between
the church and a group of young Internet denizens who called themselves
Since then, the anti-Scientology movement has mostly petered out, but
today a spark traveled through its old circuitry when a 19-year-old New
Jersey man admitted having launched the January 2008 attack, which sent
Scientology sites down for part of a day.
According to a news release from the Justice Department's Los Angeles
office, Dmitriy Guzner of Verona, N.J., pleaded guilty to computer
hacking charges related to the 2008 distributed denial of service attack
(DDOS) on Scientology websites. That's where hackers get so many zombie
computers to visit a site that the server overload becomes crippling and
the site crashes.
The department's release mentions that Guzner said he "participated in
the attack because he considered himself a member of an underground
group called 'Anonymous.' " But when asked whether Guzner was one of
several participants or the main culprit, agency spokesman Thom Mrozek
responded, "He was the guy."
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