Eighteen year-old Dmitriy Guzner of New Jersey, admitted just recently that he is responsible for the crash of the Church of Scientology websites. Filed information reveals that Guzner is a member of an Internet-based group called “Anonymous”, an underground movement that strongly oppose the principles and doctrines of Scientology.
The cyber-attack was carried out through the launch of a distributed denial of service (DDOS). In order for the sites to be unavailable for use to legitimate users, Guzner has employed the DDOS technique to direct a large volume of internet traffic into the organization’s website. The attacks were done in January of this year.
The Los Angeles Justice Department has recently informed the public that is set to formally plead guilty in the next few weeks. The teenager will be facing up to 10 years of service at the federal prison for computer hacking.
Founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, the Church of Scientology has generated a myriad of negative reactions among the locals of the United States. Originally a movement of people who had a radical set of beliefs, Scientology was officially recognized as a religion in 1994 and has attracted a number of Hollywood personalities such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Oprah Winfrey.