By Kim Zetter
June 30, 2009
A software developer authorities say once worked with the online
vigilante group Perverted Justice has been charged with launching denial
of service attacks against websites belonging to Rolling Stone, Radar
Bruce Raisley, 47, allegedly launched the attacks to block access to two
articles written by the publications that reported embarrassing
information about him. But ironically his attempt to obscure the
information is now bringing even more attention to it.
"His actions were alarming in that he chose to attack third party
websites when he didn't like their content," says Assistant U.S.
Attorney Erez Liebermann. "It's one thing for him to be unhappy with a
website. It's another thing for him to attack third parties that have
not done anything, which causes damage on the side of the victim
companies and on the side of any affected computer."
According to a federal complaint (.pdf) unsealed today in New Jersey and
written by FBI Special Agent Susan Secco, Raisley launched the attack
against nine sites using a botnet that he controlled. One of the
computers in the botnet belonged to the Academic and Research Network of
Slovenia, which is the base for Slovenia's Computer Emergency Response
Team. The team helped U.S. authorities trace the botnet and DDoS attacks
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