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Brad Pistotnik, engineer face fall trial in cyberattack case

Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 3:50 PM CDT
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Update Thursday, Aug. 2

A federal judge has set a fall trial date for a Wichita lawyer and a computer software engineer accused of plotting cyberattacks on websites criticizing the attorney's work.

A court filing on Thursday shows an Oct. 2 jury trial has been scheduled for Wichita lawyer Bradley Pistotnik and computer software engineer David Dorsett.

The two men have pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging them with computer fraud and conspiracy. Pistotnik is also charged with making false statements to the FBI.

The indictment alleges that Pistotnik and Dorsett are responsible for cyberattacks on Leagle.com, Ripoffreport.com and JaburgWilk.com in 2014 and 2015. The indictment also accuses Dorsett of filling website inboxes with threats. Court records say one email demands that a webpage be removed or the hackers will target advertisers.

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Wichita attorney Brad Pistotnik made a first appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Pistotnik and David Dorsett, a computer software engineer, are accused of cyberattacks on websites that posted negative reviews about the attorney.

In court, both men had the charges read to them and both entered not guilty pleas. It's the only plea the judge would accept at this time.

According to a federal indictment, Pistotnik and Dorsett, who worked for him, are responsible for attacks on three different websites. It also accused them of filling the websites' inboxes with threats and saying "remove this page and we stop".

Pistotnik's attorney told us last week they were made aware of the allegations more than two years ago. They said they denied them then and now.

Pistotnik and Dorsett are both charged with five counts of computer fraud and two counts of conspiracy. Pistotnik is also charged with three counts of making a false statement to the FBI.

Both men have a $25,000 unsecured bond.

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