David Joseph Rezendes, aka Joseph David Rezendes, aka Joe Rezendes, age 27, currently of California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on
August 21, 2012 on charges related to a denial of service attack he allegedly implemented to retaliate against the Larimer County government,
United States Attorney John Walsh and FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone announced. He was arrested on August 23, 2012 in
Sonora, Texas following a traffic stop. Today Rezendes will make his initial appearance in the Northern District of Texas in Abilene. The
government is seeking to have him detained and brought back to Colorado by the U.S. Marshals.
According to the indictment and other court records, beginning on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, a debilitating denial of service attack was
launched against Larimer County governmentâ€™s computer network. A denial of service attack makes a computer resource, such as a network or
processor, unavailable to its intended users. A common denial of service attack involves a computer or computer network saturating a targeted
victim computer system or network, overwhelming that system or network with traffic or communications requests. The attack lasted until
September 24, 2010. The denial of service attack affected Larimer County employeesâ€™ ability to access their email and the Internet, including
state computer systems. The Larimer County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the FBI investigated the attack. As part of their investigation, law
enforcement executed a court authorized search warrant of Rezendesâ€™ residence. Computers and computer components were seized during the
search. FBI case agents and Larimer County Sheriffâ€™s Department computer forensic experts performed an analysis examining the data on the
computers, uncovering evidence that the defendant was in fact responsible for the denial of service attack. The indictment alleges that Rezendes
intentionally damaged a protected computer, possessed unauthorized access devices (credit card information), possessed an identification
document-making implement, produced a false identification document, and committed aggravated identity theft. The indictment includes an
asset forfeiture allegation, which states that upon conviction of the violations stated in the indictment, including possessing unauthorized access
devices, possessing an identification document-making implement, or providing false identification document, the defendant shall forfeit to the
United States any and all of the defendantâ€™s right, title and interest in all property constituting and derived from any proceeds obtained directly
and indirectly as a result of such offense, or property used to commit the offense, to include computers and computer components.
â€œThanks to the excellent cooperative investigative work of the Larimer County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the FBI, a computer hacker who allegedly shut
down Larimer Countyâ€™s computer system for days has been arrested and will be brought to justice,â€ said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.
â€œThe FBI strives to collaborate with our local law enforcement partners in a variety of cyber investigations through outreach and our task force
environment,â€ said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge James Yacone. â€œDue to the FBIâ€™s computer intrusion investigations program, the
capabilities of all partners are enhanced leveraging everyoneâ€™s resources to effectively and efficiently investigate cyber criminals willing to affect
our communitiesâ€™ public safety.â€ â€œThe computer attack in this case had a significant impact on Larimer County both operationally and
financially,â€ said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. â€œWe appreciate the FBI and the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s Office for assisting us in protecting the
taxpayers in Larimer County. Cyber-crimes of this nature underscore the importance of cooperation between local and federal officials and the
need for their expertise and assistance.â€
If convicted, Rezendes faces not more than 10 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine for one count of intentionally damaging a
protected computer and one count of possession of unauthorized access device. He also faces not more than 15 years imprisonment and up to a
$250,000 fine for one count of possession of document-making implement and authentication feature and one count of production of a false
identification document. He also face not more than 2 years imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence and up to a $250,000 fine for aggravated identity theft. This case was investigated by the Larimer County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Bergsieker.
The charges contained in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.