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US: Man charged for trying to shut down govt. site

Posted on Mar 22 2014 | IBNS

Philadelphia, Mar 22 : Michael Crockett, 29, of Kansas City, Missouri, was charged on Friday by information with attempting to intentionally damage a computer, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The information alleges that between September 24 and 26, 2012, Crocket knowingly caused the transmission of codes and commands to a computer hosting the city of Philadelphia's website,, in an attempt to shut down that website.

This type of attack is known as and described as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). Crockett's actions caused a loss to the city of more than USD 5,000.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Albert S. Glenn.

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