Second man jailed for Scientology DDoS attack

Filed Under: Denial of Service, Law & order

Scientology protest
Even if you don't like someone (or a particular organisation) that's not a reason to commit a criminal act.

In January 2008, a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) struck websites websites belonging to the highly controversial Scientology organisation - flooding them with internet traffic, and making them inaccessible to the outside world.

Yesterday, as The Register reports, a second man was jailed for the attack.

20-year-old Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, who had admitted his involvement in the internet assault at a hearing earlier this year, has now been jailed for one year and ordered to pay $20,000 in compensation.

We all know that Scientology is highly controversial, and they are rarely from the headlines (for instance, it's was just reported that a raid on the organisation's offices in Turin revealed a secret cache of dossiers about Scientology's "enemies").

But the anti-Scientology movement does itself a dis-service, and harm to its arguments, if they engage in cyberwarfare.

There's enough crime on the internet as it is, we don't need people taking the law into their own hands.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations.