Former University of Akron student Mitchell Frost was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a
series of online criminal offenses committed between August 2006 and March 2007. Frost pled guilty
Frost admitted to using The University of Akron’s network to hack into and shut down several
conservative websites, including those of Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani, using
He also caused The University of Akron’s network to go offline for eight-and-a-half hours on
March 14, 2007. Frost’s dormitory was raided two weeks later, when FBI seized almost 3,000 illegal
user names, passwords and financial information from compromised computer networks.
Prosecutors requested a harsher sentence for Frost after learning that he lied to his parole officer
about launching a website to sell a legal version of synthetic cannabis, telling the parole officer that it
In addition to jail time, Frost was sentenced to three years of supervised release and must pay
$40,000 in restitution to Bill O’Reilly and $10,000 to The University of Akron. The $10,000 will
cover the expenses the University incurred repairing the computer network to bring it back online.