A 29-year-old Missouri man was charged Friday with trying to shut down the city of Philadelphia’s website, www.phila.gov, with a series of computer commands in September, 2012.
The U. S. Attorney’s office announced the charges against Michael Crockett, of Kansas City, without any explanation of his motives.
The charges were included in an information filed with the court – typically a sign that the individual intends to plead guilty to the charges. The information alleged that from September 24 to 26, 2012, “Crockett knowingly caused the transmissions of programs, information, codes and commands and . . . intentionally attempted to cause damage to the computer hosting the website www.phila.gov....”
The effort cost the city more than $5,000, according to the feds.