Originally Posted by Deliguy
called my lawyer about it actually. I'm fine, even if i get charged for something it won't stick. Just like the people in the botnet with the viruses installed on their computers won't be held responsible (technically they are the ones doing the attack). I can forward my domain as I wish. It's the people who made the virus, distributed the virus, and used the virus to initiate the attack that are breaking federal cybercrimes law.
The only difference with those people and you're situation is that they are not aware of it, and you're knowingly with intend causing a situation that affects the Whitehouse in a negative way.
Essentially collaborating with the people behind it and willfully taking part in this illegal action.
Hopefully you're not putting yourself in a difficult situation here, because you really need to look for another lawyer.
1: If you've forwarded your domain before the attack and you didn't know about the attack when police is knocking on your door, then you're in the same situation as the people that you mention that are unknowingly part of a botnet.
2: If you forward your domain knowing (Your have admitted openly that you're aware of the attack and did the forward intentionally) that the domain is under an attack and it will deflect the attack to the Whitehouse website, then you're part of the group of the attackers and no longer an innocent party.
See the difference?
You're responsible for your own actions!
Example: You're actions could if directed to a regular small business website cause financial damage, let alone it's reputation as the site is constantly off-line, causing additional expenses as well.
You would be the one responsible for the downtime of the small business website, not the people behind the botnet attack, because you assisted and are solely responsible for the attack to be directed to the small business website.
Once again, you're responsible for your own actions.
Luckily the Whitehouse website is very well protected from these type of attacks, but they have you on their radar and you will probably have a lot of explaining to do.