Anonymous-affiliated hacker slapped with 10-year prison sentence for Boston Children’s cyberattack

Almost three years after his arrest on costs associated to cyberattacks he carried out in opposition to Boston Children’s hospital and one other facility, Anonymous-affiliated hacker Martin Gottesfeld was sentenced to just a little greater than ten years in prison for perpetrating the damaging cyberattacks, in accordance with a Reuters report.

The federal decide in Boston who handed down the sentence known as Gottesfeld a “self-aggrandizing menace” and stated his crime was “contemptible, invidious and loathsome.”

For his half, Gottesfeld stated he deliberate to enchantment the choice, and never solely did he not have any regrets, however stated he “wished he could have done more,” the report stated.

In addition to the prolonged prison sentence, Gottesfeld should additionally pay almost $443,000 in restitution. Gottesfeld was discovered responsible of two counts, together with conspiracy to break protected computer systems, in August.


The DDOS cyberattacks Gottesfeld waged began with a residential remedy facility in Framingham, Massachusetts after which moved to a bigger and extra infamous assault on Boston Children’s Hospital. According to Daniel Nigrin, CIO at Boston Children’s, the ability by no means “went dark” however the assault disrupted the hospital community for two weeks.

The system needed to shut down exterior web sites for a major period of time at a time of yr when it was staging an annual walkathon. One of the web sites shut down was one which sourced donations, and although he could not give an actual determine, Nigrin stated the loss was important sufficient that they made a declare in opposition to their cyberinsurance for the occasion.

The cyberattack additionally crippled web companies used to deal with sufferers, Reuters stated.


The assaults stemmed from Gottesfeld’s upset over a baby custody dispute that in 2014 was ongoing and concerned a Connecticut teenager named Justina Pelletier. The case had garnered important public consideration. Pelletier had been deemed a ward of the state of Massachusetts after a dispute over a analysis erupted between her dad and mom and Boston Children’s Hospital.

The hospital had decided that her well being issues have been psychiatric and argued that her dad and mom have been interfering in remedy. Gottesfeld disagreed with the analysis and advocated for her launch on-line. Eventually, he launched the cyberattacks for which he has been sentenced, then later in 2016 tried to flee the nation through powerboat amidst a federal investigation. He was rescued at sea by a Disney Cruise Line ship after his personal boat turned disabled off the coast of Cuba. A tip about his rescue at sea led brokers to Florida who took him into custody. He had three laptops with him, in accordance with an FBI affidavit.


“This was not a tens of thousands of dollars thing, it was significantly more than that,” stated Daniel Nigrin, commenting earlier to HFN on the monetary ramifications of the cyberattack.

“It was your arrogance and misplaced pride that has been on display in this case from the very beginning that led you to believe you know more than the doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital,”  U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton stated, in accordance with the Boston Herald.

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