A 23-year-old man from Utah was sentenced to 27 months in prison for a series of DDoS attacks that knocked down online game providers like Sony's PlayStation Network, Valve's Steam, Microsoft's Xbox, EA, Riot Games, Nintendo, Quake Live, DOTA2 and League of Legends servers along with many others.
Named Austin Thompson, but known online as DerpTrolling, the man is the first hacker to start a trend among other hackers and hacking crews ̵
Hackers DDoS attacks were extremely successful at that time, in 2013, at a time when most companies did not use strong DDoS mitigation services.
At that time, Thompson used the @DerpTrolling Twitter account to announce attacks and request services that users wanted him to take down.
While the hacker had been active since 2011, his most famous activity line was between December 2013 and January 2014, when most of his high-profile DDoS attacks took place before the Account became inactive.
The attacks caused many online gambling services to go offline, and after seeing DerpTrolling success and media coverage got the hacker, many other hacking herds followed in subsequent years.
Hackers like Lizard Squad launched DDoS attacks on Christmas in 2014, a group called Phantom Squad did the same in 2015, RIU Star Patrol in 2016 and more lonely hackers in 2017, but with less success than previous years.
This annual development of DDoS attacks on game services during the Christmas holidays prompted the FBI to act. The Agency, along with law enforcement from the UK and the Netherlands, seized the domains for 15 DDoS-for-hire services last December in an attempt to prevent DDoS attacks – which ultimately proved successful.
Thompson was arrested in 2014 after being outdated. He accused guilty in November 2018.
According to Thompson's judgment document obtained by ZDNet, the hacker must also pay $ 95,000 in repayment to Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) and must schedule his 27-month prison sentence in August 27.
"Deial-of-Service attacks cost companies and individuals millions of dollars a year," said US lawyer Robert Brewer. "We are committed to prosecuting hackers who deliberately interfere with Internet access."
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