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DDoS Cripples Hospital

More news concerning DDoS’ers I’m afraid. Christopher Maxwell, of Vacaville California USA, 20 year-old, has been charged that he launched an DDoS attack in which he crippled a hospital. In the hospital the attack caused for the doctor’s pagers not functioning anymore as well as shutting down computers of intensive care units.

Maxwell will see his first court appearance on the 23th of this month.

The botnet is thought to have consisted of 13,000 to 50,000 infected machines which were controlled over IRC.

Although the attack heavily crippled the hospital (Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in north Seattle) nurses quickly switched to using charts and were able to prevent any human harm.

Maxwell and two unidentified juvenile companions used a botnet to display unwanted advertisements on infected computers, which earned them an estimated $100,000.

For his crime, Maxwell can face up to 10 years in jail, $250,000 fine and returning damages. Northwest Hospital published that its costs to repair the network were $150,000.

Category: Botnets/DDoS, IRC
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