A hacker from Utah was pleaded guilty this week for launching multiple attacks against multiple online services, websites, and online gaming companies between 2013 and 2014.
Hacker Who Took Down Gaming Companies Pleaded Guilty
According to Department of Justice of USA press release, Austin Thompson also known as DerpTroll took down major gaming platform that includes Electronic Arts’ Origin service, the Sony PlayStation network, and Valve Software’s Steam, between December 2013 and January 2014 by flooding their servers with DDoS attacks.
“Denial-of-service attacks cost businesses millions of dollars annually,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman while announcing the plea. “We are committed to finding and prosecuting those who disrupt businesses, often for nothing more than ego.”
How Did Feds Got To Know About The Hacker?
Thompson used his twitter account to show off screenshots of server being down after his attack. His Twitter account was @DerpTroll which he used to announce the down times.
The attack has resulted in more then 95,000$ in loss for all companies. This amount doesn’t include the other companies victims.
The Place Where Hacker Was Charged
Thompson was pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego on Thursday. He was charged with causing damages to a protected computer, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years prison. And also a fine of $250,000 as well as 3 years of supervised release.
Thompson’s sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2019, before United States District Judge Jeffrey Miller.
It was not just Thompson who was charged, there were many teens around the world participating in such attacks. This includes Lizard Squad members and alot more other cyber terrorist groups.
What Was The Motive Behind This Attack?
There wasn’t any “special” motive for the downtimes except just egos. Hackers whosoever took down such companies never had any contractual base for taking down the server. They just wanted to show off.
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