Oregon man pleads guilty in eBay DDOS Attack

By Derek Sooman on December 29, 2005, 1:23 PM
Anthony Scott Clark of Oregon is facing up to 10 years in prison after he pled guilty to charges of performing a distributed denial of service attack on eBay in 2003. Clark, 21, has admitted that he and unnamed associates coordinated a network of 20,000 hijacked computers to launch DDOS attacks against eBay.com. Clark used this "botnet" to do the attacks, which had been assembled using a worm program that exploited RPC-DCOM vulnerabilities in Windows.

The computers were then directed to a password protected Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server where they connected, logged in and waited for instructions. Under Clark's control, the bots launched DDOS attacks at computers or computer networks connected to the Internet.




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PanicX said:
Maybe its just me, but isn't 10 years kind of harsh considering that minimum sentencing for rape or robbery is less than 10 years? From what I read [url=http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/crime.html]here[
url], he could have just got drunk and ran over a few ebay employees and would serve less time.
nathanskywalker said:
wow, well that is really sad you know...10 years for a little hacking, but you could get away with murder for less...whether or not that is completely accurate i don't know. But yeah, our law system is really screwed up.
sngx1275 said:
[b]Originally posted by PanicX:[/b][quote]Maybe its just me, but isn't 10 years kind of harsh considering that minimum sentencing for rape or robbery is less than 10 years? From what I read [url=http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/crime.html]here[
url], he could have just got drunk and ran over a few ebay employees and would serve less time.[/quote]I think its a bit harsh too. Perhaps probation, denial access to a computer for a period of time, and community service would be better in this situation.
dbuske said:
With Republicans in charge, you do not commit a crime against big business. If you cost a corporation money, you are dead meat in America.
sngx1275 said:
Oh come on dbuske, this same thing would have happened in the late 90s. Its not about republicans or democrats, its about "turning someone into an example" to try to scare people out of doing similar things in the future.
Crofty74 said:
"up to 10 years", thats maximum, no one has mentioned the minimum term he faces.Since he pleaded guility as well the chances of getting a max sentence will lessen? Interested to know what he does get now!
Kreuger said:
Ouch 10 years? That would suck. Glad I got over my kiddie script days :P
CrossFire851 said:
Right now there aren't alought of people that know how to program. Soon like in 20 years these kind of doings well be a commin thing just like robby, theaft etc etc. They won't be punished this hash ether. We need to be putting the bad people away, this is just stupid.Also I think he should be punishesd by laws(if any for this kind of thing) during the time of the attack.[Edited by CrossFire851 on 2005-12-30 04:04:43][Edited by CrossFire851 on 2005-12-30 04:05:21]
MonkeyMan said:
You know, he could get more than 10 years. Think about it, those guys hacked into a computer system, that effected thousands, if not more ppl. How do you know how much money it costs some of these ppl or companies because of these attacks? There could have been business that lost Millions of dollars because of the attack that these guys made. 10 years is what he may get, if not more than that. [Edited by MonkeyMan on 2005-12-30 09:40:39]
Mictlantecuhtli said:
They probably want him to get the maximum sentence to act as a deterrent.
nimo333 said:
MonkeyMan and CrossFire, you are freaking aggressive. No matter what a person does, he doesn't deserve to be jailed for such a long time and especially when they are not getting educated nor they are getting anything out of it. + How do you know that he is not helping us as he is trying to help other small companies by limiting ebay's power. Btw, you apperently, don't understand of the term "jail". I don't even believe that jail serves anybody, you can only change criminals by showing them love and knowledge and not hatred.[Edited by nimo333 on 2005-12-30 16:58:35]
mentaljedi said:
[b]Originally posted by nimo333:[/b][quote]MonkeyMan and CrossFire, you are freaking aggressive. No matter what a person does, he doesn't deserve to be jailed for such a long time and especially when they are not getting educated nor they are getting anything out of it. + How do you know that he is not helping us as he is trying to help other small companies by limiting ebay's power. Btw, you apperently, don't understand of the term "jail". I don't even believe that jail serves anybody, you can only change criminals by showing them love and knowledge and not hatred.[Edited by nimo333 on 2005-12-30 16:58:35][/quote]good point. I swear, somebody really needs to change the law. Either lower the max penatly for attacking companies, or up the max for things such as rape, murder, etc... I mean, if you are even suspected of being a terrotist, you face lifetime in Gwanatmano Bay. How is that fair?
boril said:
Money talk money talk :) The world is gone crazy - you can kill a man and serve less than this :( I think every advanced teenage user at sometime did or tried "bad" things over the net just to fun...next moment you are in jail with these hard-core criminals instead of studing, working, making a familly and one day to sit and remember about your stupid teen hacking...Money talk... protect money and ruin people's life...[Edited by boril on 2006-01-01 02:24:47]
michelena2000 said:
It is hard to say what a fair sentence is, but this kind of thing needs to be stopped before more people do it for kicks and get away with it. This sap just got caught.
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