Wisconsin Man in Court Over Koch Cyberattack

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wisconsin man accused of joining a cyberattack on Wichita-based Koch Industries has been prohibited from communicating with the computer hacker group Anonymous while out on bond.

Eric J. Rosol, 37, of Black Creek, Wis., made a first appearance Wednesday in federal court on one count each of damaging a computer and conspiracy to damage a computer.

He remains free on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

The indictment alleges Anonymous asked conspirators in February 2011 to send a high volume of repeated requests to Koch’s website, crashing the site.

Defense lawyer Kurt Kerns said in an email that Rosol is innocent. Kerns says nothing was hacked and no information lost. He says the website received too much traffic for a few minutes.

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