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Indian-Origin Student Charged With Launching Cyber-Attacks On Chat Site In US

If convicted, Sharma faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and/or a fine.

14/12/2016 10:19 AM IST | Updated 14/12/2016 10:28 AM IST
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WASHINGTON -- A 26-year-old Indian-origin computer science student has been charged with initiating a number of cyber-attacks on a chat site in the US.

Sean Krishanmakoto Sharma has been indicted for transmitting a programme, information, code, or command causing damage to a protected computer, United States Attorney Brian J Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F Bennett said.

The indictment accuses the graduate student of initiating a number of attacks on a local provider of online chat services.

According to the indictment, between 6 November, 2014 and 20 January, 2015, Sharma, used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) tool to compromise the computers of a San Francisco-based company that provides online chat services to third party web sites.

Sharma was arrested 9 December. He was released on a USD 100,000 bond, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of California said in a statement.

If convicted, Sharma faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, and/or a fine.

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