New Jersey Online reports that 19-year-old Dmitriy Guzner was sentenced to a year and a day in a federal prison after pleading guilty to a DDoS attack against the Church of Scientology website. The Verona man pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer back in May 2009, admitting his participation in the attack against the website.
“This is not just the goofy endeavor of a teenager,” said Judge Joseph A. Greenaway this morning in the U.S. district Court in Newark. “I don’t believe this is something that just came upon Mr. Guzner... I don’t believe a young person gets involved in this act on a lark just because he’s surfing the Internet.”
The Church of Scientology website went down for 24 hours back in 2008 as a result of a DDoS attack. Although the group Anonymous claimed itself responsible for the attack, Guzner said he was not a part of the group. However, he did admit that Anonymous wanted to "pull a prank." Unfortunately, Guzner didn't realize the full seriousness of the planned attack at that time.
In addition to the one year (and a day, go figure) prison sentence ordered today, Greenway also ordered the teen to serve two years of probation and to pay a $37,500 restitution fine to the church. The Church of Scientology originally demanded $119,000 to help pay for the website's new security measures, however the judge dismissed the motion and chose to accept Guzner's plea.
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