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Judge sentences another hacker to probation for Koch cyber attack

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Another hacker will go on federal probation for cyber attacks on Koch Industries and its subsidiaries almost three years ago.

22-year-old Christopher Sudlik of St. Louis was placed Wednesday on three years' probation, and was told to pay $110,000 restitution. Sudlik admitted that he and fellow members of the group "Anonymous" flooded the Web site of Angel Soft bathroom tissue, disrupting the company's server in Green Bay.

In December, Fox Valley truck driver Eric Rosol from Black Creek was put on two years' probation and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution, for attacks on various Koch Web sites.

In that case, prosecutors said Koch learned in advance of the attacks -- and the company's Web sites were down for only about 15 minutes.

Critics have said the politically-connected Koch Industries and its owners have gotten too close with their support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Federal Judge William Griesbach of Green Bay said Sudlik crossed the line from political speech to illegal activities.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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