Hackers hired for year-long DDoS attack against manís former employer

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US federal prosecutors in Minnesota have charged a 46-year-old man with hiring a cyberhitman Ė well, technically, three hacking services Ė to launch a year-long campaign of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on his former employer.

Prosecutors say that John Kelsey Gammell, 46, contacted seven DDoS services and paid monthly subscriptions to three of them in order to bring down Washburn Computer Group, a point-of-sale system repair company in Monticello, Minnesota. Between July 2015 and September 2016, Gammell also allegedly used the services to go after a slew of other targets, including the networks of the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Hennepin County, several banks and a few employment contracting companies he worked at.


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