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Man Charged in Scientology Web Attack

Posted in Anonymous, attack, charged, DDoS, Department of Justice, distributed denial of service, Guzner, New Jersey, New York, online attacks, PC World, prosecutors, scientology, teenage hacker, websites on October 17, 2008 by secretdox

Man Charged in Scientology Web Attack

PC World is now reporting that: “An 18-year-old New Jersey man (Dmitriy Guzner of New Jersey/New York) will plead guilty to the January online attacks that took down the Church of Scientology’s Web site, federal prosecutors said Friday.”

You can see the full press release from the Department of Justice here:


Anonymous Criminally Charged with Attacking Scientology Websites

Posted in anarchists, Anonymous, attack, charged, criminal, cyber terrorists, DDoS, distributed denial of service, Guzner, malicious, New Jersey, New York, protest, scientology, websites with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by secretdox

Anonymous Criminally Charged with Attacking Scientology Websites


The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California issued a press release on October 17, 2008 concerning the matter.  Here is what they wrote:


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.


Anonymous Charged Press Release