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Anonymous – they do the time

Posted in Anonymous, Bureau of Investigation, charged, church of scientology, crimes, cyber attack, cyber terrorists, DDoS, Department of Justice, distributed denial of service, Guzner, hate group, New Jersey, online attacks, prison, punishment, scientology, websites, youtube on October 20, 2008 by secretdox

Anonymous – they do the time

Another member of the Internet hate-group “Anonymous” has received the right punishment for his crimes.

Anonymous Hacker Admits Scientology Cyber-Attack

Posted in Anonymous, Anonymous Exposed, attack, charged, church of scientology, criminal, cyber attack, cyber terrorists, DDoS, distributed denial of service, France, Guzner, hacker, hacking, internet, New Jersey, online attacks, scientology, teenage hacker, underground group, websites on October 18, 2008 by secretdox

Anonymous Hacker Admits Scientology Cyber-Attack

France24.com is running the story about the Anonymous Cyber-Terrorist, Dmitriy Guzner, who was criminally charged on October 17th for his DDoS’ing activities against the Church of Scientology‘s websites.  They wrote: “A teenager hacker has admitted carrying out a cyber attack that crashed Church of Scientology websites as part of a campaign by a mysterious underground group, justice officials said Friday.”

That group is Anonymous.  You can find out more about them at http://www.anonymous-exposed.org.

Anonymous Hacker Charged for DDoS Attack on Scientology

Posted in Anonymous, attack, charged, criminal, cyber terrorists, damage, DDoS, distributed denial of service, Guzner, hacker, hacking, internet, New Jersey, online attacks, scientology, teenage hacker, websites on October 18, 2008 by secretdox

Anonymous Hacker Charged for DDoS Attack on Scientology

Vnunet.com is reporting: “Dmitriy Guzner, 18, of Verona, New Jersey, is charged with helping in the attack on Scientologist servers in January. He has agreed to plead guilty to a single felony charge of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer and pay $37,500 in damages.”

You can read the whole article here: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2228567/teenage-hacker-charged-ddos.  It also quotes from the court papers.

NJ teen charged with hacking Scientology Web sites

Posted in anarchists, Anonymous, Anonymous Exposed, charged, church of scientology, criminal, cyber terrorists, DDoS, distributed denial of service, documentary, Guzner, hacker, hacking, internet, New Jersey, scientology, teenage hacker, websites, youtube on October 18, 2008 by secretdox

NJ teen charged with hacking Scientology Web sites

Seems like the San Jose Mercury News has discovered too that a New Jersey man named Dmitriy Guzner was involved in DDoS’ing the Church of Scientology’s servers back in January. 

The article states: “The U.S. attorney’s office said Friday that Dmitriy Guzner claims to be a member of an Internet-based group called “Anonymous,” which leads protests against the Church of Scientology for allegedly trying to silence its critics through lawsuits.”  

I don’t know how many cyber-terrorists attend protests, and I don’t know if Guzner was one of them, but this is quite likely.  One person who seems to know the ways of Anonymous said: “Anonymous is a group of mostly college-type kids who are involved in cyber crimes, online pornography and have an anarchistic view towards religion.”

The Church of Scientology initially responded to Anonymous months ago by distributing a documentary exposing the crimes of Anonymous. Looks like now some of them are now getting caught.

Anonymous member – crime scene internet

Posted in Anonymous, case, charged, church of scientology, crime scene, criminal, cyber attack, cyber terrorists, damage, DDoS, Department of Justice, distributed denial of service, Guzner, hacker, hacking, internet, Justice Department, New Jersey, online attacks, press release, prison, prosecutors, scientology, websites, youtube on October 18, 2008 by secretdox

Anonymous member – crime scene internet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY-qTepHbpY

NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHURCH OF
SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES IN THE NAME OF ‘ANONYMOUS’

LOS ANGELES – A New Jersey man was charged today for his role in an attack on Church of Scientology websites in January 2008 that rendered the websites unavailable.

Dmitriy Guzner, 18, of Verona, New Jersey, has agreed to plead guilty to computer hacking for his role in the distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack against the Scientology websites. A DDOS attack occurs where a large amount of malicious Internet traffic is directed at a website or a set of websites. The target websites are unable to handle the high volume of Internet traffic and therefore become unavailable to legitimate users trying to reach the sites.

According to the criminal information filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Guzner participated in the attack because he considered himself a member of an underground group called “Anonymous.” “Anonymous” has led protests against the Church of Scientology at various locations across the country, and in January 2008 posted a video on YouTube which announced a new offensive against Scientology.

Once he pleads guilty, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks in federal court in New Jersey, Guzner faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles. The agencies involved in the investigation were the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pressroom/pr2008/140.html

USA v. Guzner – INFORMATION

Posted in Anonymous, Assistant US Attorney, attack, case, charged, church of scientology, criminal, cyber attack, cyber terrorists, damage, DDoS, distributed denial of service, Guzner, online attacks, scientology, websites on October 18, 2008 by secretdox

USA v. Guzner – INFORMATION

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,                    CR No. 08-01224

 

                             Plaintiff,                                    I N F O R M A T I O N

 

v.                                                        [18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A)(i), 

                                                           (B)(i): Unauthorized

DMITRIY GUZNER,                               Impairment Of A Protected

                                                           Computer]

                             Defendant.

 

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The United States Attorney charges:

Between January 17, 2008, and January 18, 2008, in Los Angeles County, within the Central District of California, and elsewhere, defendant DMITRIY GUZNER knowingly caused the transmission of information, codes, and commands, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally and without authorization caused damage by impairing the integrity and availability of data, a program, a system, and information on a computer system that was used in interstate and foreign commerce and communications, specifically websites belonging to the Church of Scientology, thereby causing loss to one or more persons aggregating at least $5,000 in value during a one-year period beginning January 17, 2008. Defendant DMITRY GUZNER engaged in the above-described distributed denial of service (“DDOS”) attack against the Church of Scientology websites, contributing to the unavailability of the websites, because he believed the attack furthered the goals of the anti-Scientology group “Anonymous,” of which he considered himself a member.

THOMAS P. O’BRIEN

United States Attorney

 

/signed/

CHRISTINE C. EWELL

Assistant United States Attorney

Chief, Criminal Division

 

WESLEY L. HSU

Assistant United States Attorney

Chief, Cyber and Intellectual

Property Crimes Section

 

ERIK M. SILBER

Assistant United States Attorney

Cyber and Intellectual

Property Crimes Section 

USA v. Guzner: Plea Agreement for Defendant Dmitriy Guzner

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USA v. Guzner

Plea Agreement for Defendant Dmitriy Guzner

THOMAS P. O’BRIEN

United States Attorney

CHRISTINE C. EWELL

Assistant United States Attorney

Chief, Criminal Division

WESLEY L. HSU (CA Bar No. 188015)

Assistant United States Attorneys

Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section

1200 United States Courthouse

312 North Spring Street

Los Angeles, California 90012

Telephone: (213) 894-3045

Facsimile: (213) 894-8601

Email: Wesley.Hsu@usdoj.gov

Attorney for Plaintiff

United States of America

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CR No. 08-01224

Plaintiff, PLEA AGREEMENT FOR

DEFENDANT DMITRIY

v. GUZNER

DMITRIY GUZNER,

Defendant.

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U. S. Department of Justice

United States Attorney

Central District of California

United States Courthouse 312 North Spring Street, 12th Floor

Los Angeles, California 90012

October 7, 2008

Jeffrey Chabrowe, Esq.

The Blanch Law Firm, P.C.

350 Fifth Avenue

68th Floor

New York, New York 10118

212.736.9721 (t)

212.629.3219 (f)

917.617.4479 (m)

Re: Plea Agreement with DMITRY GUZNER

Dear Mr. Chabrowe:

This letter sets forth the plea agreement between your client, DMITRY GUZNER, and the United States Attorney for the Central District of California (“this Office”).

Charge

Conditioned on the understandings specified below, this Office will accept a guilty plea from DMITRY GUZNER to an information which charges unauthorized impairment of a protected computer in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (a) (5) (A) (i), (B) (i). If DMITRY GUZNER enters a guilty plea and is sentenced on this charge, and otherwise fully complies with all of the terms of this agreement, this Office will not initiate any further criminal charges against DMITRY GUZNER relating to his participation in the distributed denial of service (“DDOS”) attack against Church of Scientology websites in January 2008. However, in the event that the judgment of conviction entered as a result of this guilty plea does not remain in full force and effect, any dismissed charges and any other charges that are not time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations on the date this agreement is signed by DMITRY GUZNER may be commenced against him, notwithstanding the expiration of the limitations period after DMITRY GUZNER signs the agreement. DMITRY GUZNER agrees to waive any statute of limitations with respect to any crime that would otherwise expire after DMITRY GUZNER signs the agreement.

Sentencing

The violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a) (5) (A) (i), (B) (i), to which DMITRY GUZNER agrees to plead guilty carries a statutory maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a statutory maximum fine equal to the greatest of: (1) $250,000; (2) twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain that any persons derived from the offense; or (3) twice the gross amount of any pecuniary loss sustained by any victims of the offense. Fines imposed by the sentencing judge may be subject to the payment of interest.

The sentence to be imposed upon DMITRY GUZNER is within the sole discretion of the sentencing judge, subject to the provisions of the Sentencing Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3551-3742, and the sentencing judge’s consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The United States Sentencing Guidelines are advisory, not mandatory. The sentencing judge may impose any reasonable sentence up to and including the statutory maximum term of imprisonment and the maximum statutory fine. This Office cannot and does not make any representation or promise as to what guideline range may be found by the sentencing judge, or as to what sentence DMITRY GUZNER ultimately will receive.

Further, in addition to imposing any other penalty on DMITRY GUZNER, the sentencing judge: (1) will order DMITRY GUZNER to pay an assessment of $100 pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3013, which assessment must be paid by the date of sentencing; (2) must order DMITRY GUZNER to pay restitution pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663 et seq.; (3) may order DMITRY GUZNER, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3555, to give notice to any victims of his offense; and (4) pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3583, must require DMITRY GUZNER to serve a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years, which will begin at the expiration of any term of imprisonment imposed. Should DMITRY GUZNER be placed on a term of supervised release and subsequently violate any of the conditions of supervised release before the expiration of its term, DMITRY GUZNER may be sentenced to not more than 2 years’ imprisonment in addition to any prison term previously imposed, regardless of the statutory maximum term of imprisonment set forth above and without credit for time previously served on post-release supervision, and may be sentenced to an additional term of supervised release.

In addition, DMITRY GUZNER agrees to make restitution to the community pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3663(c) (2) and U.S.S.G. § 5E1.1(d) in the amount of $37,500 (jointly and severally liable with others who participated in the DDOS attack) and that he is able to make such payments.

Rights of this Office Regarding Sentencing

Except as otherwise provided in this agreement, this Office reserves its right to take any position with respect to the appropriate sentence to be imposed on DMITRY GUZNER by the sentencing judge, to correct any misstatements relating to the sentencing proceedings, and to provide the sentencing judge and the United States Probation Office all law and information relevant to sentencing, favorable or otherwise. In addition, this Office may inform the sentencing judge and the United States Probation Office of: (1) this agreement; and (2) the full nature and extent of DMITRY GUZNER’s activities and relevant conduct with respect to this case.

Stipulations

This Office and DMITRY GUZNER agree to stipulate at sentencing to the statements set forth in the attached Schedule A, which hereby is made a part of this plea agreement. This agreement to stipulate, however, cannot and does not bind the sentencing judge, who may make independent factual findings and

may reject any or all of the stipulations entered into by the parties. To the extent that the parties do not stipulate to a particular fact or legal conclusion, each reserves the right to argue the existence of and the effect of any such fact or

conclusion upon the sentence. Moreover, this agreement to stipulate on the part of this Office is based on the information and evidence that this Office possesses as of the date of this agreement. Thus, if this Office obtains or receives additional

evidence or information prior to sentencing that it determines to be credible and to be materially in conflict with any stipulation in the attached Schedule A, this Office shall not be bound by any such stipulation. A determination that any stipulation is not binding shall not release either this Office or DMITRY GUZNER from any other portion of this agreement, including any other stipulation. If the sentencing court rejects a stipulation, both parties reserve the right to argue on appeal or at postsentencing proceedings that the sentencing court was within its discretion and authority to do so. These stipulations do not restrict the Government’s right to respond to questions from the Court and to correct misinformation that has been provided to the Court.

Waiver of Appeal and Post-Sentencing Rights

As set forth in Schedule A, this Office and DMITRY GUZNER waive certain rights to file an appeal, collateral attack, writ or motion after sentencing, including but not limited to an appeal under 18 U.S.C. § 3742 or a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.

Other Provisions

This agreement is limited to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and cannot bind other federal, state, or local authorities. However, this Office will bring this agreement to the attention of other prosecuting offices, if requested to do so.

This agreement was reached without regard to any civil or administrative matters that may be pending or commenced in the future against DMITRY GUZNER. This agreement does not prohibit the United States, any agency thereof (including the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation), or any third party from initiating or prosecuting any civil proceeding against DMITRY GUZNER.

No Other Promises

This agreement constitutes the plea agreement between DMITRY GUZNER and this Office and supersedes any previous agreements between them. No additional promises, agreements, or conditions have been made or will be made unless set forth in writing and signed by the parties.

Very truly yours,

THOMAS P. O’BRIEN

United States Attorney

/Signed/

By: WESLEY L. HSU

Assistant U.S. Attorney

Chief, Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section

I have received this letter from my attorney, Jeffrey Chabrowe, Esq., I have read it, and I understand it fully. hereby accept the terms and conditions set forth in this letter and acknowledge that it constitutes the plea agreement between the parties. I understand that no additional promises, agreements, or conditions have been made or will be made unless set forth in writing and signed by the parties.

AGREED AND ACCEPTED:

/Signed/ Date: 10/16/08

DMITRY GUZNER

/Signed/

Jeffrey Chabrowe, Esq. Date: 10/16/08

Plea Agreement With DMITRY GUZNER

Schedule A

1. This Office and DMITRY GUZNER recognize that the United States Sentencing Guidelines are not binding upon the Court.

2. The version of the United states Sentencing Guidelines effective November 1, 2007 applies in this case. The applicable guideline is U.S.S.G. § 2B1.1. This guideline carries a Base Offense Level of 6.

3. The total loss to the victims that was foreseeable to DMITRY GUZNER was between $30,000 and $70,000, resulting in an increase of 6 levels. See U.S.S.G. § 2B1.1 (b) (1) (D).

4. DMITRY GUZNER will plead guilty to violation 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a) (5) (A) (i). See U.S.S.G. § 2B1.1(b) (14) (A) (iii).

5. As of the date of this letter, DMITRY GUZNER has clearly demonstrated a recognition and affirmative acceptance of personal responsibility for the offense charged. Therefore, a downward adjustment of 2 levels for acceptance of responsibility is appropriate if DMITRY GUZNER’s acceptance of responsibility continues through the date of sentencing. See U.S.S.G. § 3E1.1 (a).

6. As of the date of this letter, DMITRY GUZNER has assisted authorities in the investigation or prosecution of his own misconduct by timely notifying authorities of his intention to enter a plea of guilty, thereby permitting the government to avoid preparing for trial and permitting the government and the court to allocate their resources efficiently. If DMITRY GUZNER enters a plea pursuant to this agreement and qualifies for a 2-point reduction for acceptance of responsibility pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 3E1.1(a), and if in addition DMITRY GUZNER’s offense level under the Guidelines prior to the operation of § 3E1.1(a) is 16 or greater, DMITRY GUZNER will be entitled to a further 1-point reduction in his offense level pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 3E1.1(b).

7. In accordance with the above, the parties agree that the total Guidelines offense level applicable to DMITRY GUZNER is 13 (the “agreed total Guidelines offense level”).

8. The defendant reserves the right to make a downward departure motions. The Government reserves the right to oppose any such motion that seeks a sentence lower than one-level below the agreed total Guidelines offense level (or the final total Guidelines offense level after any government motion pursuant to U.S.S.G. § 5K1.1 is granted).

9. DMITRY GUZNER knows that he has and, except as noted below in this paragraph, voluntarily waives, the right to file any appeal, any collateral attack, or any other writ or motion, including but not limited to an appeal under 18 U.S.C. § 3742 or a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, which challenges the sentence imposed by the sentencing court if that sentence falls within or below the Guidelines range that results from the agreed total Guidelines offense level of 13. This Office will not file (nor request the District of New Jersey to file) any appeal, motion or writ which challenges the sentence imposed by the sentencing court if that sentence falls within or above the Guidelines range that results from the agreed total Guidelines offense level of 12. The parties reserve any right they may have under 18 U.S.C. § 3742 to appeal the sentencing court’s determination of the criminal history category. The provisions of this paragraph are binding on the parties even if the Court employs a Guidelines analysis different from that stipulated to herein. Furthermore, if the sentencing court accepts a stipulation, both parties waive the right to file an appeal, collateral attack, writ, or motion claiming that the sentencing court erred in doing so.

10. Both parties reserve the right to oppose or move to dismiss any appeal, collateral attack, writ, or motion barred by the preceding paragraph and to file or to oppose any appeal, collateral attack, writ or motion not barred by the preceding paragraph.