Jail for Brit hacker who took down in­ter­net of Liberia

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - HTWORLD - Agen­cies let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

LON­DON: A Bri­tish man whose cy­ber­at­tack took down the in­ter­net of Liberia two years ago has been sen­tenced to nearly three years in prison.

Daniel Kaye, 30, was sen­tenced to 32 months on Fri­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to com­puter mis­use and crim­i­nal prop­erty pos­ses­sion from late 2016 to early 2017.

The Lon­don court heard the self-taught hacker was paid around $30,000 by a ri­val to dis­rupt the sys­tems of mo­bile phone com­pany Lon­es­tar MTN, Liberia’s big­gest in­ter­net provider.

The so-called dis­trib­uted de­nial of ser­vice (DDOS) at­tacks over­whelmed its net­works and meant its servers couldn’t op­er­ate prop­erly, pros­e­cu­tor Robin Sell­ers told the court.

The firm spent $600,000 fix­ing the prob­lem, los­ing tens of mil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue, he said.

Kaye’s lawyer, Jonathan Green, had ar­gued Lon­es­tar’s es­ti­mates of its losses were “un­sup­ported by any ev­i­dence”.

“No­body died, no­body’s life was im­per­illed, at worst Lon­es­tar cus­tomers suf­fered slow in­ter­net speeds,” he ar­gued.

Sen­tenc­ing Kaye, Judge Alexan­der Hugh Milne called his ac­tions a “cyn­i­cal and fi­nan­cially driven at­tack upon a le­git­i­mate busi­ness en­ter­prise”.

Kaye, a dual Bri­tish and Is­raeli na­tional, was ex­tra­dited from Ger­many in Au­gust, 2017, un­der a Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant. That fol­lowed a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Bri­tain’s Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) and Ger­many’s fed­eral crime bureau BKA.

The probe ini­tially fo­cussed on in­ter­fer­ence with the sys­tems of Deutsche Telekom be­fore in­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­panded it when they re­alised it was part of the Liberian at­tack.

Kaye was con­victed in Ger­many in July 2017 of at­tempted com­puter sab­o­tage and given a 20-month sen­tence, sus­pended for three years.

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