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Black Creek man agrees to plea deal in cyber attack

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

BLACK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A northeast Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge, as he admitted helping hackers pull off a cyber attack on Koch Industries. 

37-year-old Eric Rosol of Black Creek faces up to a year in prison when he's sentenced December 2nd. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas to a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer. 

Rosol, a truck driver, admitted helping the hacker group "Anonymous" with a massive volume of cyber requests that shut down Koch's Web site for about 15 minutes in early 2011.

The energy company's direct loss from the attack was about $5,000. Koch said it also spent $183,000 on consultants who helped protect its Web sites, after Koch learned the attack was coming. 

Defense lawyer Kurt Kerns says his client should not have to pay a dime for that. He says it's like trying to collect the cost of a safe before it's stolen. 

As part of his plea deal, Rosol forfeited the computer he used in the cyber attack.