Brit, German indicted for stateside satellite TV attacks
Can't beat 'em? DoS 'em
A British man and a German man have been indicted by a US federal grand jury for launching a campaign of denial of service attacks against two US-based home satellite television vendors on behalf of a rival company.
Lee Grahm Walker of Bleys Bolton and Axel Gembe of Germany were named by a California district court yesterday on charges of conspiracy and intentionally damaging a protected computer system.
Gembe is believed to be the programmer behind the infamous Agobot worm, a version of which allegedly used to conduct the attacks.
Prosecutors claim Gembe and Walker were operating under a contract from Jay Echouafni, the former CEO of Massachusetts-based Orbit Communications, to disable the websites of competing businesses, Rapid Satellite of Miami and Weaknees of Los Angeles.
Echouafni fled after being indicted in 2004. He remains a fugitive sought by the FBI and is considered armed and dangerous. A colleague who allegedly worked with Echouafni, Paul Ashley, has already served a two-year prison sentence for his role in the conspiracy.
According to the indictment, investigators obtained IRC communications between Gembe and Walker discussing changes they made to the http flood and plans to launch an attack.
They shut down Weaknees' website for two weeks in October 2003, resulting in losses ranging from $200,000 to over $1m, the FBI claims. ®
Note to self:
Stop hanging out in #DDoSForHire.
This'll be an interesting one for comparison of extradition treaties ... will the Brit be lovingly delivered to the arms of the FBI while in Germany they have to jump through hoops to get the other guy for the same crime, same charge.
The Daily Mail readers won't know who to slam the most - the Yanks or the Jerries.
Sounds like a joke
A Brit, a German, and an American decide to DoS the competition, the American supplies the money, the German builds a worm, and the Brit was the guy they met down the pub.
IRC is not that secure, probably not the best place to mastermind anything.