Anonymous 'hactavist' charged over 2014 Boston Children's DDoS attacks

Federal officials charged Martin Gottesfeld with one count of computer hacking and one count of conspiracy related to distributed denial-of-service attacks on Boston Children's Hospital in 2014, according to Newsweek.

According the indictment, Mr. Gottesfeld committed the attack following news of the alleged mistreatment of a young patient at Boston Children's Hospital.

Mr. Gottesfeld allegedly produced a video drawing attention to the hospital's alleged injustices against 15 year-old Justine Pelletier. The video was later released by the hacker group Anonymous.

Prosecutors claim that Mr. Gottesfeld's subsequent DDoS attack against the hospital lasted seven days and disrupted daily operations at the facility, according to the article. Prosecutors and hospital officials claim the damage caused by the attack came to be more than $300,000.

Mr. Gottesfeld, who began a hunger strike on Oct. 3 while in prison, issued a response to the indictment, calling for justice for Ms. Pelletier.

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