The student was released on a $100,000 bail bond.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday arrested a 26-year-old Indian American graduate student on charges of carrying out cyber attacks on a chat site, IANS reports.
Sean Krishanmakoto Sharma, who is a computer science student at the University of California in Los Angeles, was produced before federal Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar in Los Angeles on Monday and was released on a $100,000 bail bond.
According to a statement released by the federal prosecutor for Northern California Brian Stretch, Sharma had used a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) tool to disrupt the computers of Chatango, a San Francisco company that provides chat services to other companies between November 2014 and January 2015.
DDoS is a form of cyber attack that floods computers with bogus requests that overwhelm and paralyse it. It uses virusus and programs known as botnets because