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Monday, 28 November 2016 11:45

Schoolgirl, 18, held over DDoS attacks

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An 18-year-old student at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, has been charged with launching distributed denial of service attacks against more than a dozen school districts.

A report in the Pittsburgh Tribune said attacks were also launched on the Catholic diocese and the Westmoreland county administration.

Michaela Gabriela King came up before a judge last week who released her on a signature bond.

Investigations were kicked off after the supervisor of technology at the school notified authorities that since 31 October the computer system in the district was coming under DDoS attacks.

Technicians determined that King had launched three attacks on the district's system using computers at the high school.

King used the BetaBooter program to launch the DDoS attacks.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Murrysville patrolman David Hanko and county detective Paul Burkey said King had admitted to carrying out the attacks, paying for BetaBooter out of her PayPal account.

They said when they asked her if she considered herself a computer genius, King answered in the positive.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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