By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
30th October 2009
Federal prosecutors have accused a co-founder of YouSendIt.com of
repeatedly launching web attacks against the popular upload site.
Khalid Shaikh, who was CEO and CTO of the California-based company until
he left in 2006, used an Apache benchmarking program to flood YouSendIt
servers with more traffic than they could handle, according to documents
filed in US District Court in Northern California. Prosecutors allege
Shaikh launched the denial of service attacks on four occasions,
starting in December 2008 and ending the following June.
"By transmitting the ApacheBench program to YouSendIt's servers, Shaikh
was able to overwhelm the server's capabilities and render it unable to
handle legitimate network traffic," an indictment filed Wednesday
Shaikh told The Register the allegations are untrue.
"I'm very excited about being able to talk to a judge," said Shaikh, who
said he's 32 years old. "They spin a very good story."
Shaikh said he and a brother co-founded YouSendIt in 2004 and ended up
leaving the company following differences with the company's investors
and remaining executives.
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