DDOS attacks ‘re f’t. Thousands r hundreds f thousands �f machines pound a server in unision, aain and agin, flooding it with o much attention that t collapses. Justice sn’t s swift, …ut eventually, some hackers bhind distributed denial of service attacks �…o gt what’s cming to them. hat h’ppened ths week, as he rpg games for free online Guardian reports a teen who created nd ran a DDOS service c’lled Titanium Stresser a been sentenced to to years in prison.
Adam Mudd f th UK didn’t just runescape 1 game reate and launch denial of service attacks, which ould …e bad eno�gh. As cyber security expert Krebs n Security describes Titanium Stresser, t ws “a simple-to-use service that let paying customers to launch crippling online attacks against Web sites and individual Internet users� According to U.K. prosecutors, Mudd’s Titanium Stresser service was used by others in more than 1.7 million denial-of-service attacks against victims worldwide, with most countries in the world affected at some point.”
The Guardian reports that Mudd’ program h’d m�re tan 112,000 registered users nd ‘s ben ued in 1.7 mi�…lion DDoS attacks, including ome ag’inst Sony, Microsoft, Minecraft, TeamSpeak, ‘nd RuneScape. ccording to he Guardian, Runescape’ developers spent 6 mi�…lion trying to stave ff the DDOS attacks. Mudd pleads guilty t a charge of ‘committing unauthorized acts ith intent to impair the operation f computers,’ charge �f ‘making, supplying, r offering t… supply n article for use in an offense contrary t the Com�uter Misuse ‘ct,’ and a charge of-of concealing criminal property.
Mudd admitted t� carrying out some of the attacks imself, including nes against his college. According to the arguments n the c’s, selling access t Titanium Stresser w’s nevr about the money fr Mudd. �t was ab…ut status in th online community. The Guardian reports tat Mudd’s lawyer, Ben Cooper, argued tat he h�… een “‘lost in an alternate reality’ after withdrawing from school because of bullying” and knew wat he ha�… done wa wrong, but lacked empathy fr his victims. Mudd as autism, and his lawyer argued th’t he had ben “seeking friendships and status within the gaming community.”
Ds�ite the medical condition, te judge ruled t’t Mudd, no 20, woul serve out a to-year sentence in a young offender institution, aying “”I hav a duty to te public who re worried abot ths, threatened “y this, damaged by this all te time.”