Another e-thug responsible for DDOSing SOE years back is brought to justice

    
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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.

Source: Variety

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Rhime

Buh bye hackfuck…

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Robert Mann

Give him max fines, and an option: 5 years IF he wants to further pay back the people harmed via turning his efforts toward honest work under parole, or all 10 if he finds that too harsh.

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Frank White

I can agree that he should pay some fines and maybe up to a few years in jail, possibly, but any more than that for a non-violent crime is ridiculous. People who DO commit violent crimes often get less than that. And people who rip other people off for much more money than that, sometimes billions, often get less than 10 years. The judge will probably be more lenient on him than you would if he has no previous criminal record.

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Robert Mann

I’m sick of going so soft on crime just because it isn’t violent. There are some crimes that warrant a soft touch, true. However, if somebody is doing something to harm others, regardless of the violent or non-violent part, they need to get hit with some serious justice.

I don’t care about the amount involved, excepting that it is about a ‘petty’ level of harm. Because once it goes so far, it needs to be fixed or the person simply removed from society (via jail). No more of this “Oh, well, go ahead and harm somebody else in two years” that we see so often (this also goes with reformation and better systems to reduce recidivism).

With no prior criminal record, and a far fewer number of counts, I would be interested in seeing the jail time with ‘repayment under parole’ reduced. This isn’t some person who just did one or two offenses, though. They have dozens of counts on him. That reduces any ‘first time’ justification for reductions in sentence to me.

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MrNastyButler

Chop off his finger tips!

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Mordyjuice

I apologize, I didn’t realize that my joke went too far.

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Utakata

I should of be an e-thug. Every time someone makes me cross, my pigtails would e-punt their ass off the internets in a pink flurry…

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Armsbend

I hope he gets all ten years.

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starbuck1771

Not only that but when he is free must stay away from PC’s and the internet.

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Godnaz

Being CEO @ Trion, Scott Hartman knows a thing or two about damage estimates, let me tell ya. Good on the courts bringing these turds to justice. Bad on Scotty boy for retorting on Twitter about it.

RIP Archeage Alpha. You are sorely missed.

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flyingltj

Russian alpha was even better than Trion’s alpha. Rumors are that Korean alpha was even better than that. A portrait of devolution.

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