Cyberattack on Koch Industries

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wisconsin man has been charged with joining a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries organized by the computer hacker group Anonymous.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday that Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., was indicted on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

The indictment alleges that Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to launch a so-called Low Orbit Ion Cannon that sent a high volume of repeated requests to a Koch website. Numerous conspirators complied, and the company’s website crashed.

Rosol also is accused of sending a code that damaged the company’s computer.

A phone message left for Rosol at his home was not immediately returned. Prosecutors do not know whether he has retained an attorney.