Nineteen-year old hacker pleads guilty to Church of Scientology cyber attacks
A teenage hacker has pleaded guilty to taking the Church of Scientology's website offline in 2008.
Nineteen-year-old Dmitriy Guzner from Verona, New Jersey, was part of an underground hacking group named 'Anonymous' that targeted the church with several attacks. He could face ten years in prison on computer hacking charges and is due to be sentenced on 24th August.
The attacks on the church began on the 19th January and successfully knocked the scientology.org website offline by hitting it with several DDoS attacks. Techworld claims that 'Anonymous' flooded the site with as much as 220mbps of traffic, and that the incident was promoted via several YouTube videos.