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Web Vigilante Arrested for Disrupting Rolling Stone Site, Others




Web Vigilante Arrested for Disrupting Rolling Stone Site, Others
Web Vigilante Arrested for Disrupting Rolling Stone Site, Others



http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/06/former-perverted-justice-member-arrested-for-ddosing-rolling-stone-radar/ 

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
Wired.com
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  
and others.

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 
to Raisley.

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