Briton jailed for massive cyber attack in Liberia
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’.