Two men are sentenced to more than a year in prison for redirecting traffic from Comcast.net to sites under their control.
Two men accused of hacking the Comcast Website
were sentenced Sept. 24 to 18
months in prison.
The Department of Justice said in a news release, "Christopher Allen
Lewis, aka 'EBK,' 20, of Newark, Del.,
and Michael Paul Nebel, aka 'Slacker,' 28, of Kalamazoo,
Mich.," had previously pleaded guilty
to charges of "conspiring to disrupt service at [Comcast's]
www.comcast.net Website on May 28 and 29, 2008." The statement continued:
"Lewis, Nebel and co-defendant James Robert Black, Jr., aka 'Defiant,'
were associated with the hacker group Kryogeniks. On May 28, 2008 ... [the group] used
their hacking skills to redirect all traffic destined for the www.comcast.net
Website to Websites that they
had established. As a result, Comcast customers trying to read their e-mail or
listen to their voice mail were sent to a Website where they found a message
that read, 'KRYOGENIKS Defiant and EBK RoXed COMCAST sHouTz to VIRUS Warlock
elul21 coll1er seven.'
According to the indictment, the group accomplished all this by altering
Comcast's DNS (Domain Name System) records, which were maintained
by a domain registrar company. Approximately
5 million people per day connected to the Comcast Website in May 2008, and
the redirect caused losses to Comcast, authorities said.
The Sept. 24 statement continued, "In addition to the prison time, U.S.
District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly ordered the defendants to each pay
restitution in the amount of $89,578.13. Black's case was transferred to the
Western District of Washington where he was sentenced [in August] to four
months in prison and ordered to pay restitution."