When a suspicious computer server crash at the University of Pennsylvania last year denied service to 4,000 students, faculty and staff, technicians called the FBI – triggering a case that would take agents around the world and lead to the arrest of a brilliant but brash Penn junior.
Ryan Goldstein, a 20-year-old bioengineering major, conspired with a New Zealand hacker known as AKILL to use Penn’s computer system as a staging ground for a 50,000-computer attack against several online chat networks, authorities said.
The FBI and Secret Service are expected to announce indictments today against Goldstein, a Florida man, and three others. Police recently executed related raids in New Zealand, Florida, California and Pennsylvania. The latest came Tuesday near Philadelphia. An FBI agent from the region is in New Zealand this week, and more arrests are possible.
“We’ve been executing search warrants all over the world in this case,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Levy.
Nothing happens on the net that cannot be traced, if persons are willing to take the time and the trouble to trace it.