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Wisconsin Man Receives $183,000 Fine For Taking Koch Website Down For 15 Min.

A Wisconsin truck driver who joined a cyberattack on Koch Industries was sentenced Monday to two years' probation... and ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution.

Eric Rosol of Black Creek, Wis., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for taking part in the cyber-attack on Koch Industries.

He pleaded guilty earlier to a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The parties agreed that the direct loss from the attack was less than $5,000.

But Koch Industries contended that when it learned of the planned attack, it hired a consulting group at a cost of $183,000 to protect its websites.

Rosol admitted that he participated for about one minute in the "Dedicated Denial of Service" Internet attack on the web server for Kochind.com, in February of 2011.

The hacking group Anonymous asked conspirators on that day to launch a cyberattack that sent a high volume of repeated requests to a Koch website. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company's website crashed.

As part of his agreement with prosecutors, Rosol also agreed to forfeit the computer used in the cyberattack.

He also agreed that as part of any probation he would not contact the victim or any website hosted by Koch Industries, Angel Soft or Georgia Pacific.