Boston Hospital DDoS Attacker Evades Justice (Unsuccessfully) on The High Seas

A brigand fled on the high seas before running afoul in Carribbean waters, looking to run from the potential charges being pressed by the FBI for attacking a children’s hospital with DDoS attacks.  The attacks against the Boston Children’s Hospital during the Anonymous #OpJustina campaign may finally be seeing justice after Martin Gottesfeld was found fleeing the country to Cuba.

Somerville, Mass. resident Martin Gottesfeld, 31, who disappeared while under investigation for a cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital in April 2014, was arrested in Miami on Wednesday after a Disney Cruise ship rescued him and his wife from a stranded boat off Cuba.

Gottesfeld’s Caribbean caper came to an abrupt end on Feb. 16 when Gottesfeld placed a distress call after his boat ran into trouble, according to a release from the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Gottesfeld is charged with one count of conspiracy for his alleged role in a DDoS attack that took down the hospital’s website and disrupted operations for about a week. Claimed in the name of Anonymous, the attack was retaliation for how the hospital handled a high-profile custody case. “Responding to, and mitigating, the damage from this attack cost the hospital more than $300,000,” the release stated. –SC Magazine

While it can’t be said we didn’t get a good laugh out of the circumstances with the Disney Cruise rescue, the real justice served here is seeing a DDoS attack receive the due diligence from law enforcement that it deserves. The FBI were befuddled by Gottesfeld’s escape, but to be fair privately boating to Cuba isn’t the first place that they probably look.

#OpJustina is a prime example of vigilante justice, began during a custody battle between a girl’s parents at the Boston Children’s Hospital and the hospital itself. Regardless of the lawful winner of the custody battle, internet dissenters should not be taking a hospital offline instead of publicly dissenting in a safer way. Hospitals represent medical help, and their networks need to be accessible to their staff, their patients, and anyone who needs to be able to reach them for an emergency. Having the website down is a danger, not just an inconvenience.

The more cases where we see justice pursued for DDoS attacks like here in Boston, the more we hope to see people turn to more viable ways of expressing disagreement online. :