A federal court in Boston on Tuesday heard charges that 32-year-old John Bombard of Seminole used a variant of theto turn computers--including systems at two universities whose names have not been disclosed--into an arsenal of "zombies" or "bots" that he could control remotely.
He then used this network of hijacked computers, known as ato send a massive amount of traffic to the domain name system (DNS) servers of the Global Traffic Management division of Akamai, prosecutors alleged. Cambridge, Mass.-based provides caching services for Web sites belonging to big-name companies like Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and Apple Computers, among others.
This distributed denial-of-service attack,June 15, 2004, rendered many of Akamai's clients' Web sites temporarily inaccessible, according to the charges.
The charges of hacking, or "intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization," carry potential penalties of up to two years' imprisonment and a $200,000 fine.
The case comes as botnet controllers are using. were made over the summer, but attackers have kept up by writing