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Erick Rosol Ordered To Pay $183,000 For Role In Attack On Koch Industries Website

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It turned out to be one expensive minute for a Wisconsin man.

Erick Rosol was ordered to pay $183,000 in restitution and sentenced to two years of probation for taking part in an attack on Koch Industries website that briefly forced the site to be offline back in 2011, according to The Wichita Eagle.

A release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom indicated that the 38-year-old Rosol, from Black Creek, Wis., had pleaded guilty earlier this year to one misdemeanor count of accessing a protected computer.

The Huffington Post reports that Rosol, for one minute, took part in an Anonymous-sponsored effort to overwhelm the website of Koch Industries. The truck driver was sentenced in federal court in Wichita, Kan., where Koch Industries’ headquarters are located.

Due to the attack on the website, Koch Industries’ site was down for around 15 minutes.

The amount of restitution that Rosol is ordered to pay equals what Koch says it spent to hire a consulting group after learning of the attack, even though both the government and the defendant agreed that the direct loss associated with Rosol's participation in the attack was less than $5,000.

The attack on the website took place when the Koch brothers were under fire for supporting union cutbacks in Wisconsin. Organizing under #OpWisconsin, members of Anonymous said they were seeking vulnerabilities on the website, the Huffington Post noted.

Sources: Huffington Post, The Wichita Eagle