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Hacking suspect set to plead in Koch cyberattack

Published on -9/11/2013, 5:07 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wisconsin trucker who joined a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has admitted his role in the onslaught that took the website offline for about 15 minutes.

Thirty-seven-year-old Eric Rosol, of Black Creek, Wis., pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The parties have agreed that the direct loss from the attack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous is less than $5,000. Koch contends it spent $183,000 for a consulting group when it learned of the planned attack.

It will be up to a federal judge to decide at the Dec. 2 sentencing how much in restitution Rosol must pay.

Defense attorney Kurt Kerns says they're thankful to resolve the case through a misdemeanor that will allow Rosol to move on with his life.

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