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Two Europeans Indicted in US DDOS Attack With FBI's Help

Lee Graham Walker, a Bleys Bolton resident and Axel Gembe, from Germany, have both been found guilty of conspiring and damaging a computer system, following Denial of service attacks on two US-based satellite TV sellers.

According tothe BBC (opens in new tab), the case is linked to another one which involved two other men who owned online satellite TV website - Orbit Communications- and who were charged with conspiracy to prevent genuine web users from accessing their rival satellite TV websites.

Miami-based Rapid Satellite and Los Angeles-based Weaknees were taken offline for a fortnight back in October 2003 and allegedly cost the shops hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Walker, in particular, is accused of using a network of zombie home computers to carry out the attack by literally flooding the aforementioned websites with thousands of fake requests per minute.

As for Gembe, he developed two malicious programs, Agobot and Phatbot, which have been used in previous attacks.

Both men are said to be at large (althoughHeise-online (opens in new tab)says that they actually have appeared in a San Francisco federal court) and if convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.

The case of Walker reminds us of that of another British hacker,Mc Kinnon, whose trial and subsequent court decisions caused controversy.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.