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Wis. truck driver given 2 years probation for cyberattack on Koch Industries

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.

A Wisconsin truck driver was sentenced Monday to two years probation and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution for taking part in a cyberattack on Koch Industries that briefly knocked the Wichita company’s website offline in 2011.

Erick Rosol, 38, Black Creek, Wis., had pleaded guilty in September to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

The attack was organized by a hacking group known as Anonymous. Rosol took part in the attack for about one minute, causing Koch’s website to go down for about 15 minutes, according to Grissom.

The amount of restitution that Rosol is ordered to pay equals what Koch says it spent to hire a consulting group after learning of the attack.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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