Former Ohio Student Receives 30 Months for DDoS Attacks

Paul Lilly

College years represent the last hurrah before entering the 'real world,' and the trick is to sow your wild oats without doing anything so far over the top that you end up in jail. Former University of Akron student Mitchell L. Frost, now age 23, wasn't so lucky.

Frost admitted that between August 2006 and March 2007, he went on a rampage issuing Distributed Denial of Service attacks on servers hosting websites of several prominent conservative figures, such as Bill O'Reilly, Rudy Giulani, Ann Coulter, and a few others, SecurityWeek.com reports .

In addition, he also admitted issuing DoS attacks against servers at his former school, ultimately knocking the school's entire computer network offline for over 8 hours. Restoring service ended up costing the university over ten large. If that weren't enough, Frost said he used compromised machines to spread malware and harvest personal data, like user names, passwords, and even credit card numbers.

Frost was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release, and has been ordered pay fines of $40,000 to Bill O'Reilly.com, $10,000 to the University of Akron, and $200 to the Crime Victims' Fund.

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