Hacker Convicted of Launching Virus Against Media Outlets

By Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
September 27, 2010 Updated: September 27, 2010

[xtypo_dropcap]A[/xtypo_dropcap]computer hacker was convicted Sept. 22 for unleashing a virus on nearly 100,000 computers, in an attack against media agencies that republished stories about him.

Following a six-day trial in New Jersey, the jury issued a guilty verdict against Kansas City hacker Bruce Raisley, 49, for launching a malicious program to attack computers and websites.

The virus was aimed to infect computers and create a global “botnet.” A botnet of infected computers can be used to send spam or attack websites.

Raisley used the 100,000 infected computers to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that can shut down websites by overwhelming the computers they are hosted on with requests, according to an Attorney District of New Jersey press release.

Among Raisley’s targets were the websites of Rolling Stone, Radar, and Nettica. The damage caused is estimated to exceed $100,000. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.