Hacking suspect set to plead in Koch cyberattack

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack staged by the computer hacking group Anonymous on Wichita-based Koch Industries is expected to plead guilty in the case.

A formal notice of intent to change a plea was filed Monday for 37-year-old Eric J. Rosol of Black Creek, Wis.

Rosol was indicted in March on one federal count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

Prosecutors allege Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to undertake a cyberattack using a tool that could send a high volume of repeated requests to various Koch Industries websites. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company’s main website, www.kochind.com, crashed.

Rosol’s change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11 in federal court in Wichita.

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