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ZDNet: 'Coolio' not a suspect in DoS attacks

Mar 03, 2000, 17:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David S. Cloud, Joe Mathews)

"Despite admitting hacking 100 sites, the 17-year-old is not responsible for big denial-of-service attacks on Web sites, investigators say."

"Federal Bureau of Investigation agents investigating last month's Web-site attacks said they don't think a 17-year-old New Hampshire youth whose name surfaced as a suspect is responsible for the incidents."

"The young man, who goes by the online handle 'Coolio,' became a suspect last month after someone using that moniker claimed credit for several Web attacks. Los Angeles police questioned him recently in connection with attacks on an antidrug site that officers there run, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said. The youth acknowledged hacking into that site and at least 100 others, the spokesman said. Local prosecutors are still considering charging him with computer crimes unrelated to last month's attacks on major commercial Web sites such as those operated by eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) and Yahoo Inc., (Nasdaq: YHOO) according to the spokesman. The youth's name couldn't be learned."

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