A teenage hacker who wrecked havoc across the internet with his DDoS for nearly a year and a half between December 2013 and March 2015 has been sentenced to two years in a young offender institution, The Guardian reported yesterday.
Adam Mudd, now 20, created the Titanium Destresser program that has gone on to be used for more than 1.7m attacks, with Mudd himself directly involved in 594 DDoS attacks agains 181 IP addresses while he was active. He created the program for profit, making the equivalent of £386,000 before he was caught, but neither defence nor prosecution believe he was motivated by money, but for recognition within the hacker community.
While his attacks affecting companies and services around the world, including Microsoft, Sony, TeamSpeak, RuneScape, and many more, he also attacked the college he attended, West Herts College, where he was studying computer sciences. While pleading guilty to three charges – one count of committing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers; one count of making, supplying or offering to supply an article for use in an offence contrary to the Computer Misuse Act; and one count of concealing criminal property – his reason for the college hack was that he reported being mugged on campus but felt that nothing was done about it.
The judge, Michael Topolski QC, refused a suspended jail term, saying that there must be a “real element of deterrent” and telling Mudd that “I’m entirely satisfied that you knew full well and understood completely this was not a game for fun. It was a serious money-making business and your software was doing exactly what you created it to do.”