Former Mountain View Resident Admits to 2010 Cyber Attack on Santa Cruz Website

An activist named Christopher Doyon has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cyber attack that took down the Santa Cruz County website 12 years ago, Infosecurity Magazine reports. The 57-year-old former Mountain View resident entered his revised plea Tuesday and is expected to be sentenced in June.

The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Santa Cruz’s website was retaliation for a camping ban passed by the city. Doyon has waged numerous politically-motivated attacks on local governments. He admits to attacking web servers in Orlando, Florida after that city began requiring permits to feed the homeless in public parks.

The attack on Santa Cruz’s website did around $4,060 in damage. Doyon became a fugitive in 2012 and was finally apprehended by authorities in Mexico last year.

The U.S. Attorneys Office has recommended a jail sentence of 15 years.


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