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Indian pleads guilty for launching cyber attack on US varsity

Washington: An Indian-American student has pleaded guilty for launching a massive cyberattack on a US university's computer network by creating a giant botnet that paralysed the internet, officials have said. Paras Jha, 21, of New Jersey along with two others Josiah White, 20, from Pennsylvania and Dalton Norman, 21, from Louisiana also pleaded guilty to creating and operating two botnets last year, which targeted 'Internet of Things' (IoT) devices, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

"Paras Jha has admitted his responsibility for multiple hacks of the Rutgers University computer system," Acting US Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a statement yesterday. "These computer attacks shut down the server used for all communications among faculty, staff and students, including assignment of course work to students, and students' submission of their work to professors to be graded," he said.
"The defendant's actions effectively paralysed the system for days at a time and maliciously disrupted the educational process for tens of thousands of Rutgers' students.
"Yesterday (Wednesday), the defendant has admitted his role in this criminal offence and will face the legal consequences for it," Fitzpatrick said.

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