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Briton accused of cyber attacks

Date: October 03, 2008

A Briton has been charged in Los Angeles for allegedly launching internet attacks to shut down two US retail websites.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment against Lee Walker and German Axel Gembe.
Both men, who remain at large, are charged with conspiracy and intentionally damaging computer networks for Miami-based Rapid Satellite and Los Angeles-based WeaKnees.
The companies sell video recorders and television satellite systems.
Prosecutors said the companies' websites were shut down for weeks because of the attacks.
If convicted, Walker and Gembe face 15 years in prison.
The duo launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against the two websites on behalf of a competitor in October 2003, prosecutors said.
Such an attack involves a set of computers targeting a single online network, causing users and customers to experience error messages.
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