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Men indicted over cyber attacks

Date: October 06, 2008

Two Europeans were indicted for allegedly launching internet attacks to shut down two retail websites in the US
A federal grand jury indicted Lee Graham Walker of Britain and Axel Gembe of Germany on charges of conspiracy and intentionally damaging computer networks that belonged to Miami-based Rapid Satellite and Los Angeles-based Weaknees.
The companies sell DVRs and television satellite systems.
The men, who remain at large, allegedly launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against the two websites on behalf of a competitor, prosecutors said.
Such an attack involves a set of computers targeting a single online network, causing users and customers to experience error messages.
The two companies' websites were shut down for two weeks due to the attacks in October 2003, said US Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. Weaknees lost more than $200,000 because of the security problem, Mrozek said.
The indictment is related to another case filed in 2004 against Jay Echouafni and Paul Ashley, who were also charged with conspiracy relating to the same computer attack.
The indictment said Echouafni and Ashley hired Walker to launch the attack, and Walker allegedly used a network he developed with Gembe.
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