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California Man Arrested for Politically Motivated DDoS

The distributed denial-of-service attacks took a congressional candidate’s website offline for a total of 21 hours during the campaign for office.

A man in Santa Monica, Calif., has been arrested for launching a series of attacks on the website of a California congressional candidate. Arthur Jan Dam is charged with one federal count of  intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dam was responsible for four distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the candidates’ Web server, taking the site offline for a total of 21 hours during the campaign in 2018. Dam, it was noted, was married to an employee of the candidate’s rival for the office.

All of the attacks originated from a single Amazon Web Server account owned by Dam and were controlled by logins originating from either his residence or workplace.

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