NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES IN THE NAME OF ‘ANONYMOUS’ October 18, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cyberterrorism, Hacking, scientology.
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United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California
Public Affairs Officer
October 17, 2008
NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES IN THE NAME OF ‘ANONYMOUS’
LOS ANGELES – A New Jersey man was charged today for his role in an attack on Church of Scientology websites in January 2008 that rendered the websites unavailable.
Dmitriy Guzner, 18, of Verona, New Jersey, has agreed to plead guilty to computer hacking for his role in the distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack against the Scientology websites. A DDOS attack occurs where a large amount of malicious Internet traffic is directed at a website or a set of websites. The target websites are unable to handle the high volume of Internet traffic and therefore become unavailable to legitimate users trying to reach the sites.
According to the criminal information filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Guzner participated in the attack because he considered himself a member of an underground group called “Anonymous.” “Anonymous” has led protests against the Church of Scientology at various locations across the country, and in January 2008 posted a video on YouTube which announced a new offensive against Scientology.
Once he pleads guilty, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks in federal court in New Jersey, Guzner faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles. The agencies involved in the investigation were the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.
Release No. 08-140 – original here: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pressroom/pr2008/140.html
Interesting background data on Dalin cyberterror conviction September 3, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cyberterrorism.
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Teen gets probation for school threat
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 8/16/2008 12:05 AM
A few minutes of Internet fantasy crashed hard into Jeremie Dalin’s life Friday.
The 18-year-old from Fox River Grove left the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan with a heavy heart and a long list of obligations to meet for his crime of making a threat against Stevenson High School.
Dalin was convicted in June of falsely making a terrorist threat for a posting he placed on an Internet message board that said, in part, “many will die at Adlai E. Stevenson High School on 10/31.”
And although the message was on the Internet for only five to 11 minutes on Oct. 29, it touched off a panic and other events that have left Dalin a felon.
Dennis Oh, 18, a Stevenson student, saw the message, made a copy of it and posted it at other sites, and e-mailed copies to some friends after being told by police not to discuss it.
Lincolnshire police detective Adam Hyde testified Friday that what Oh did sparked a fear so great in the community that the school received more than 500 phone calls the next day from parents concerned about the threat.
Oh, of 1245 Deerfield Parkway, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice in March and was placed on court supervision.
By 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, anti-terrorism experts from the FBI were standing in Dalin’s driveway at 209 Bridle Path to begin sending him on the journey that ended with his conviction.
In his statement to the court, Dalin said he has sought consolation through the Internet since moving here from Switzerland three years ago.
He said he found solace there as he struggled to deal with isolation, the difficulty of learning a new language and troubles within his family.
“The only real person that wouldn’t judge me, talk back, be angry or mistreat me was the computer,” Dalin read from a letter to Associate Judge Christopher Stride. “To me, the Internet was a place where I could vent, cry and swear without anyone judging me.”
Both Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Stanton and defense attorney Michael Levinsohn asked Stride to spare Dalin any jail time, and the judge quickly agreed.
Stanton did request a sentence that would impress upon Dalin and others who may be tempted to act in a similar fashion that such an activity was not a joke.
“People have to understand what is going on in this country since Columbine and other scenes where armed people have descended on schools,” she said. “We live in a different world now.”
Stride said he recognized Dalin’s remorse and lack of prior criminal record, but also said Dalin needed to look into the face of what he had done.
“Imagine how those parents felt that day who did not know if their children were safe,” he told Dalin. “Parents whose hearts must have been in their throats thinking they had kissed their children goodbye that morning and now might never see them again.”
Stride sentenced Dalin to two years on probation and warned him he could face up to 15 years in prison if he violates any conditions.
He also ordered Dalin to write a letter of apology to Stevenson High School, which after it is approved by Dalin’s probation officer and the judge, will have to be personally delivered to school officials by Dalin.
Dalin also must complete 300 hours of community service, which Stride said he wants to be concentrated on Dalin sharing his experiences with other students.
Lastly, he ordered Dalin’s Internet use be strictly monitored and restricted to web sites approved for education and employment purposes.
Jeremie Dalin: Teen convicted after threat August 22, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, cyberterrorism.
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A teen convicted of falsely making a terrorist threat against Stevenson High School will serve 24 months of probation and must meet other conditions of his sentencing.
Jeremie Dalin, 17, of the 200 block of Bridle Path, Fox River Grove, was sentenced Aug. 15 in Lake County Circuit Court by Judge Christopher Stride. (more)
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A former Barrington High School student who was convicted of making false terrorist threats has been ordered to tour the county speaking to students about the importance of being cautious on the Internet.
Jeremie Dalin avoided jail time at his sentencing hearing Friday, but other provisions of his sentence will limit his Web use, and he’ll serve two years of felony probation. (read article)