The Register reports that in the USA an Oregon man has pleaded guilty to launching a DDoS attack against eBay that caused at least $5,000 in damages.
Anthony Scott Clark, 21, admitted to working with several other people to take control of 20,000 computers. According to the US Department of Justice, Clark in 2003 exploited vulnerability in to gain access to the computers and knock eBay and other sites offline via DDoS attacks. The US Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Force investigated the case and pegged Clark as the culprit.
"The 'bots' were then directed to a password-protected Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server, where they connected, logged in, and waited for instructions," the DoJ said in a statement. "When instructed to do so by Mr. Clark and his accomplices, the 'bots' launched DDOS attacks at computers or computer networks connected to the Internet."
Clark faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine for is that there is more to come until the thaw arrives late on Friday.