Hey, remember a few years ago when there was a new Lizard Squad article like every month, thanks to the fact that the e-thug group was hacking and DDOSing multiple MMO companies and console platforms? One such victim was SOE and then Daybreak, whose then-president John Smedley was very public about the harassment online and off he and his company were receiving (including the bomb threat that waylaid a plane Smedley was traveling on).
Multiple members of that group have seen been arrested and convicted, but apparently Lizard Squad wasn’t the only offender. Variety reports this week that 23-year-old Austin Thompson of another hacking group, DerpTrolling, pleaded guilty in federal court last week, admitting he was responsible for some of the DDOS attacks back in 2013 and 2014, including one around the same time as the infamous bomb threat (attributed to a different e-thug).
Authorities believe Thompson cost businesses north of $95,000; Variety notes that he could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison and $250K in fines.
Great to see some semblance of justice. Those are some modest damage estimates, though. "At least $95,000." Technically correct. Think 20x or more depending on target, duration, impact. https://t.co/fnnKLKH13w
— Scott Hartsman (@hartsman) November 8, 2018