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Man charged in cyber-attack


BLACK CREEK, WI (WSAU) - A Fox Valley man is free on a $25,000 bond, on federal charges that he helped a group of hackers with a cyber-attack on Koch Industries. 37-year-old Eric Rosol of Black Creek made his initial appearance yesterday in a federal courtroom in Wichita Kansas, where the energy firm is headquartered.

Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys ordered Rosol not to communicate online with the group “Anonymous.” Prosecutors said Rosol joined the hacker group in jamming Koch’s Web site so it shut down in 2011. He’s also accused of sending a code that damaged a Koch computer.

Rosol’s lawyer, Kurt Kerns, tells the AP that nothing was hacked, and none of Koch’s protected information was lost. Kerns said his client is innocent of any federal crime, and they look forward to proving it.