IZZET MERT OZEK,
Turkish National Charged
Hospitality Company DDoS Attack
October 1, 2021
An alleged cyber attacker from
Turkey has been indicted in federal court in Chicago for
allegedly orchestrating a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
attack on a Chicago-based multinational hospitality company.
In August 2017, IZZET MERT OZEK used the WireX botnet, which
consisted of compromised Google Android devices, to direct large
amounts of network traffic to the hospitality company’s website,
preventing legitimate users from completing hotel bookings,
according to an indictment returned Tuesday in U.S. District
Court in Chicago. The hospitality company, which managed luxury
hotels and resorts, was headquartered in Chicago and the servers
for its website were located in northern Illinois.
indictment charges Ozek, 32, with one count of intentionally
causing damage to a protected computer. Ozek is believed to be
residing in Turkey, and a warrant for his arrest will be issued.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United
States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and
Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field
Office of the FBI. The government is represented by Assistant
U.S. Attorney Vikas Didwania.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of
guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair
trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt.
The charge in the indictment is punishable by up to ten years in
federal prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable
sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing
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