Boston Children’s Hospital Hacker Gets Long Prison Sentence

Martin Gottesfeld, a 34-year-old biotech professional from Somerville, Massachusetts, was sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Boston on two counts of conspiracy and two counts of intentionally damaging protected computers, according to court records. He was convicted in August by a federal jury.The massive DDoS attack that Gottesfeld launched in protest of a controversial child custody case involving Boston Children’s Hospital and the Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Framingham, Massachusetts, disrupted the hospital’s network for at least two weeks and hampered internet connectivity of other area hospitals.Prosecutors say the attack disrupted the children’s hospital’s day-to-day operations, as well as its research capabilities. The attack cost the hospital more than $300,000 and caused an additional estimated $300,000 loss in donations because the attack disabled the hospital’s fundraising portal.