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Sentencing day for Black Creek man convicted of role in hacking of Koch website

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By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges 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 who helped a group hack into Koch Industries' Web site will be sentenced Monday in federal court in Kansas. 

Eric Rosol of Black Creek struck a plea deal in September, in which prosecutors agreed to recommend a prison term at the lower end of federal sentencing guidelines. Rosol could get up to a year behind bars. 

He admitted helping the group Anonymous break into Koch Industries' Web site in February of 2011. It forced the site to go offline for about 15 minutes.

Koch only lost about $5,000 from the actual attack, but the firm spent $183,000 on a consulting group when Koch learned in advance about the planned attack. 

Rosol was convicted in his plea deal on a misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The judge in the case is also expected to decide Monday how much Rosol should repay in restitution.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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