Programmer Charged with Rocking 'Rolling Stone' with DDoS Attacks

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A computer programmer from Pennsylvania could spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted of launching massive distributed denial of service attacks against Rolling Stone magazine and other sites. The case reveals that DDoS remains an effective and serious attack vector.

A Pennsylvania computer programmer made at least one mistake and, if convicted criminal charges, definitely a second. First, he fell for a sham online dating scheme designed to humiliate him. Second, he allegedly to use his software programming skills to seek revenge.

Bruce Raisley, 47, of Monaca, Penn., is facing 10 years in prison for allegedly creating a botnet to launch highly disruptive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against such sites as Rolling Stone and Radar magazines, the Rick A. Ross Institute and Perverted Justice, the group that assisted NBC’s Dateline snare adult men trolling Internet chat rooms for underage women.

Raisley surrendered to the FBI in Newark and was charged Tuesday (June 30, 2009) in U.S. District Court of New Jersey with computer fraud and abuse. If convicted, he could face as long as 10 years behind bars.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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