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Biloxi teen faces felony charges for website attack

Byron Charles Miller (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.) Byron Charles Miller (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Biloxi teen faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for allegedly hacking a website and mail bombing the site's owner.

Byron Charles Miller, 19, is charged with offenses against intellectual property and offenses against computer users. Both are felonies.

Investigators say Miller accessed the website Samuelmartino.com, which belongs to a professional photographer, and defaced the site by removing some of the legitimate images and reinserting pornography. Police say those acts caused Martino to lose business.

Miller is also accused of "mail bombing" Martino's site, in an effort to cause a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. Mail bombing is the sending of hundreds or thousands of e mails, one after the other, in an effort to cause an overload of an mail server. Police say in this case, Miller sent more than 1,400 emails.

After his arrest, Miller was incarcerated in the Harrison County Adult Detention Center pending a total appearance bond of $20,000, or $10,000 for each charge.

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