A high-school dropout admitted yesterday in federal court that he participated in the hijacking of Comcast's Internet home page in May 2008.
Christopher Allen Lewis, 20, of Newark, Del., who pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to intentionally damage a protected computer system, was a member of the hacker group Kryogeniks.
When Comcast's Internet customers tried to connect to their e-mails or voice mails on May 28-29, 2008, they were redirected to a page boasting of the attack.
The feds said the hijacking took down Comcast's home page for at least 90 minutes, affected five million users and cost the company $128,500 to restore the system. When the hackers were charged in November, a spokesman said the company had taken steps to prevent future hacking of its system.