German Creator of Site Crashing Program Gets Heavier Sentence

The 21-year-old hacker with the alias “Mixter”, who allegedly created the program used for the crash of several big-name sites in February, was sentenced late Friday by the Hanover regional court to a 6-month youth prison sentence.

The sentence was suspended to a two-year period of parole. Prosecution
points included “computer sabotage” and “spying for data” and other attacks
on businesses in 1998. The damage was estimated at DEM 34,000 ($16,500).

Mixter is credited with developing the program “Tribe Flood Network”
which was used in the recent attacks on sites such as CNN and

The initial sentence was 15 days community service, but the public
prosecutor’s office put in an appeal. The German Federal State Court also
agreed that this penalty was far too light. The new sentence is a response
to the demands of the public prosecutor’s office; the defense gave up any
further appeals.

Mixter, however, dissociated himself from these
attacks and offered the companies concerned advice on his homepage on how to
guard against the program. This sentence is not directly related to the now
infamous program, but instead follows an earlier
offence by the hacker.

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