By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
19th May 2010
Federal prosecutors have accused a man of carrying out a series of
botnet offenses including attacks that brought down the websites of
conservative talking heads Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Rudolph
Mitchell L. Frost was an undergraduate student at the University of
Akron at the time of the DDoS, or distributed denial-of-service,
attacks, which lasted over a five-day period in March 2008, prosecutors
alleged in court documents. The attacks on billoreilly.com,
anncoulter.com and joinrudy2008.com "rendered each website inoperable,
at least temporarily, and required intervention and repair by the owners
of such sites, and caused damages or losses which exceeded $5,000," they
Frost, who went by the handle "FrostAie," also stands accused of using
his botnet to launch a much bigger assault on a University of Akron
server that knocked out the college's entire network, depriving "tens of
thousands of students, faculty and staff members" of connectivity for
more than eight hours. Prosecutors said the attack appeared to be a
mistake and that the intended target was an unnamed gaming server that
was hosted on the university network.
The outage cost the university more than $10,000.
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