Austin Thompson , a 23 year old hacker from Utah has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for launching DDoS attacks against popular gaming services like Sony and Microsoft.
In a DDoS attack, multiple compromised computer systems attack a target, such as a website, server or other network resource, and cause a denial of service for users.
Thompson popularly known as ‘DerpTrolling’, targeted several gaming services like Valve’s Steam, Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Electronic Arts’ Origin service and the Sony PlayStation Online during December 2013 and January 2014.
He announced this attack through his twitter handle @DerpTrolling and said he did this for fun and to spoil gamer’s holidays.
“Thompson typically used the Twitter account @DerpTrolling to announce that an attack was imminent and then posted ‘scalps’ (screenshots or other photos showing that victims’ servers had been taken down) after the attack,” prosecutors said in a statement.
Thompson was arrested in 2018, four years after the attack and pleaded guilty.
He was active since 2011 in developing software’s, which was used to launch DDOS attacks.He is said to be the brain behind “DerpTrolling”, a hacking group.
“Denial-of-service attacks cost businesses and individuals millions of dollars annually,” said US Attorney Robert Brewer.
“We are committed to prosecuting hackers who intentionally disrupt internet access.”
Apart from 27 month sentence Thompson has also been ordered to pay $95,000 in restitution to Daybreak Games, formerly Sony Online Entertainment.