On January 17, 2018, John Kelsey Gammell pled guilty to engaging in and directing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites across the nation.  He also pled guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to Gammell’s admissions, he engaged in a campaign of DDoS attacks for nearly two years.  A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disable or interrupt service to a computer or website.  Gammell admitted to causing DDoS attacks, as well as directing “DDoS-for-hire” companies to launch DDoS attacks.  Gammell also admitted to possessing parts of an AR-15 assault rifle and other guns.  Gammell will be sentenced at a later date by U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright of the District of Minnesota.  United States v. Gammell, 17-cr-00134 (D. Minn.)

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