Hired Internet Gun Sentenced to Two Years

A 31-year-old Ohio man thought to be one of the first U.S. citizens convicted of contracting to organize crippling attacks against commercial Web sites has been sentenced to two years in prison for his crimes.

Paul Garrett Ashley was ordered by a federal judge last month to spend two years in the clink for his role in creating for hire the "DDoS Mafia," a group of young hackers who used thousands of hacked home computers to launch a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in 2003 that knocked out several targeted commercial Web sites. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (washingtonpost.com)

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