Bri­ton jailed for mas­sive cy­ber at­tack in Liberia

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

London, UK - A Bri­tish man was jailed by a London court on Fri­day for or­ches­trat­ing a mas­sive cy­ber at­tack against a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany in Liberia two years ago.

Daniel Kaye (30) was sen­tenced to 32 months in prison after plead­ing guilty to com­puter mis­use and crim­i­nal prop­erty pos­ses­sion from late 2016 to early 2017.

The court heard the hacker was paid around US$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 US$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’.

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