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Turkish National Charged for DDoS Attack on U.S. Company

September 30, 2021

The man, Izzet Mert Ozek, 32, allegedly used the WireX botnet, which consists mainly of compromised Android devices, to orchestrate a DDoS attack targeting the victim company’s website, thus preventing users from completing hotel bookings. The attack took place in August 2017.

Headquartered in Chicago, the hospitality company “managed and franchised luxury and business hotels, resorts, and vacation properties,” the indictment reads.

The servers for the company’s website and booking service were located in the Northern District of Illinois.

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