Two men accused of hacking the Comcast website were sentenced last week to 18 months in prison.
Christopher Allen Lewis, aka “EBK,” of Newark, Del., and Michael Paul Nebel, aka “Slacker,” of Kalamazoo, Mich., previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to disrupt service at Comcast‘s website May 28 and 29, 2008.
Lewis, Nebel and co-defendant James Robert Black, Jr., aka “Defiant,” were members of hacker group Kryogeniks. On May 28, 2008, the group members redirected all traffic intended for www.comcast.net to websites they had created. As a result, Comcast customers trying to access their email accounts or voicemail were sent to a website where they found a message that said, “KRYOGENIKS Defiant and EBK RoXed COMCAST sHouTz to VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven.”
According to the indictment, the group were able to pull this stunt off by changing Comcast’s DNS records, which were maintained by a domain registrar company. Authorities said roughly 5 million people per day connected to the Comcast website in May 2008, and the redirect caused losses to the company.
In addition to the prison time, U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly ordered the defendants to each pay restitution in the amount of $89,578.13. Black’s case was transferred to the Western District of Washington, where he was sentenced last month to four months in prison and ordered to pay restitution.