Wichita lawyer pleads guilty in federal cyberattack case

October 15, 2019 - 1:58 pm



A Wichita lawyer has pleaded guilty in connection to a cyberattack plot targeting websites that were critical of his work.

Attorney Bradley Pistotnik entered the new plea in federal court in downtown Wichita Tuesday morning to three counts of accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor.

The plea includes Pistotnik agreeing to pay a $375,000 fine and more than $55,000 in restitution; the judge did not give him prison time nor probation.

“I feel bad about what’s happened,” Pistotnik told the judge. “I made a mistake. I feel horrible about it. It won’t happen again. I’m trying to take responsibility for it.”

His co-defendant, VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett, is also expected to change his plea. Dorsett’s hearing is Oct. 21.

Both men pleaded not guilty last year to computer fraud and conspiracy. Pistotnik was also charged with making false statements to the FBI.

The original indictment alleged they were responsible for cyberattacks on Leagle.com, Ripoffreport.com and JaburgWilk.com in 2014 and 2015. The indictment accused Dorsett of filling website inboxes with threats. An email purportedly demanded that a webpage be removed or the hackers will target advertisers.

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