[ISN] Teens sentenced for vicious attack on UK hosting firm

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 00:13:34 -0500 (CDT)

By John E Dunn 
16 May 11

Two UK teens have been sentenced to a suspended prison term and 
community service for a vicious online campaign that caused an online 
hosting company to go out of business.

The relatively lenient sentences handed to Zachary Woodham, 19, and 
Louis Tobenhouse, 18, were probably influenced by their guilty plea and 
youth for crimes that would have landed older offenders longer jail 

According to the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU), using 
the online nom de plume ‘Colonel Root’, Woodham attacked small hosting 
firm Punkyhosting over a number of weeks, hacking into its servers with 
such severity that the company was unable to continue operating.

A police raid on his Brighton home and subsequent investigation 
connected his activity to Tobenhouse and the pair’s targeting of a 
number of other hosting companies and online casinos. Thousands of 
stolen credit card details were also discovered, which Woodham used to 
pay for access to premium rate chatlines which he owned, a convenient 
way of laundering the stolen proceeds.


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