33 Suppose a denial-of-service attack shuts down two dozen major websites, including retailers, stock, brokerages, and large corporate entertainment…

5.33 Suppose a denial-of-service attack shuts down two dozen major websites, including retailers, stock, brokerages, and large corporate entertainment and information sites, for several hours. The attack is traced to one off the following perpetrators. Do you think different penalties are appropriate, dependent on which it is? Explain why. If you would impose different penalties, how would they differ?

  1. A foreign terrorist who launched the attack to cause billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy.
  2. An organization publicizing its opposition to commercialization of the Web and corporate economy.
  3. A teenager using hacking tools he found on a website.
  4. A hacker group showing off to another hacker group about how many sites it could take down in one day.