by Dan Gibson
While it may seem hilarious to remove Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter from the Internet, if only briefly, it probably isn't worth the trouble of going to prison for 2 1/2 years:
A 23-year-old Ohio student who took down the websites of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and conservative pundit Ann Coulter, and briefly disrupted the network of the University of Akron, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.
In addition, former University of Akron student Mitchell Frost must pay $40,000 to O'Reilly and $10,000 to the university in restitution.
He pleaded guilty in May, when he faced up to 15 years in jail:
Mitchell L. Frost of Ohio was charged with one count of causing damage to a protected computer system and one count of possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices. He could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.
According to court documents, between August 2006 and March 2007 while enrolled at UA, Frost used school computers to access IRC channels to control other computers and computer networks via botnet zombies, which were located throughout the United States and in other countries. ...
He'll also serve three years probation after being released from prison.