Posted tagged ‘Denial of Service’

All in a day’s work!

June 28, 2010

Here is another case of unauthorized access to protected computers and gaining control over them. This time it was 23-year old  Mitchell L. Frost a student at the University of Akron. He used the University’s computer network to access IRC channels on the Internet to control other computers and computer networks via computers intentionally infected and taken over, known as “BotNet” zombies, which were located throughout the United States and in other countries.

He has been arrested and has pleaded guilty to a two-count Information filed on May 14, 2010, which charged Frost with causing damage to a protected computer system and possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

He admitted gaining access to other computers and networks through different methods which were scanning the Internet searching for vulnerable computer networks to attack or intrude by means of obtaining user names and passwords. He also spread malicious programs on the compromised computers for the sole reason of getting personal information, credit card numbers and CVV security codes. In addition, he intentionally set up Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) to attack the Internet websites. www.joinrudy2008.com, www.billoreilly.com, and www.anncoulter.com, among others were just some of his victims.

He also initiated Denial of Service against  the University of  Akron’s server computer which knocked off the line for almost 8 ½ hours, causing damages of $10,000. Well, maybe if he’d had a hobby he wouldn’t have caused so much damage! On the serious thought this is nothing new. I’m pretty sure crimes like this are committed all the time around the world but this one manged to make it into the news. Who knows how many go unheard of!  Why are the people in charge not doing anything about this serious problem?!

What’s your take on it?