Think this guy's a democrat? A former college student has been charged with using the school's computer network to control a botnet and launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against conservative websites belonging to Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani.

Mitchell Frost, 22, of Bellevue, Ohio was charged Friday with one count each of damaging a protected computer system and possessing unauthorized access devices, according to the U. S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Ohio.

While enrolled as an undergrad at the University of Akron in Ohio, Frost used the school's computer network to establish a botnet of compromised computers across the United States and other countries, prosecutors said.

According to an indictment, Frost scanned the internet searching for vulnerable computer networks to access and gain control over.

Frost then used the botnet to initiate DDoS attacks that temporarily interrupted the operation of, and, prosecutors said. The DDoS attacks caused each website to be knocked offline, resulting in damages exceeding $5,000.

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