Another DDOS e-thug has landed jail time – this one owes Daybreak $95K

    
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Uh... hmm.

We get so many tips about MMOs being DDOSed that we often don’t even cover them unless they stretch on for days or there’s something extraordinary involved with them, like extortion attempts. So it might be tempting to assume that no one’s ever brought to justice for causing these outages for millions of people and costing the studios fat sacks of cash.

But it’s not true. As MMO Fallout noticed, yet another one of the e-thugs responsible for DDOSing SOE (now Daybreak) back in 2013 and 2014 has finally been brought to justice. Utah resident Austin Thompson, leader of the Derp Trolling hacker group, has apparently pleaded guilty to the charges against him and has been sentenced to more than two years in prison, plus $95,000 in damages to Daybreak.

“According to the plea agreement, between December 2013 and January 2014, Thompson’s attacks, which flooded his victims’ servers with enough internet traffic to take them offline, were directed mainly at online gaming companies and servers, including then San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment. 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. The attacks took down game servers and related computers around the world, often for hours at a time. According to the plea agreement, Thompson’s actions caused at least $95,000 in damages.”

Happy Fourth of July!

Source: Justice.gov via MMO Fallout. Cheers, Ken and flatline4400!
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Vaeris

Now if they just catch that girl who licked the Tin Roof ice cream and then put it back on the shelf…put her in timeout for a few…

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Tamanous

I am following a few ongoing lawsuits within a few differing media fronts. Things are looking like the law is finally slowly catching up to the reality of the internet. US senate hearings are also getting pretty hardcore against social media giants for their political bias. I’m hoping things turn for the better on all fronts and we can live within a civil society once again in several countries. Who the hell knows though.

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Randy Savage

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rafael12104

I was going to ask how the caught him, but… look at that… he announced his deeds on twitter. Huh. So… he is a complete idiot.

Glad to hear this. I hope the efforts continue to catch these so called hacks.

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Utakata

…you spot the bozo’s just by what they Tweet. From convicts to Presidents…it’s all there! o.O

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Roger Melly

Maybe he will grow up in the next 27 months and get a life once he out of prison .

I am sure hes about to come down to Earth with a bump .

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

imagine being so ragey you decide you need to shut down a server over a video game lol.

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xpsync

That’s minor compared to some other ragey reactions like murder.

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Dankey Kang

I’m sure DayBreak will spend that money wisely ;-)

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xpsync

Awesome! LMAO /nice one!

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Dankey Kang

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styopa

The punishment needs to be more severe.

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Eliandal

27 months in prison (sorry, I’m not familiar with the American system -in Canada, anything over 24 months is served in a federal institution). Chances are it’s going to get more severe, and not because of the courts!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

This is a federal crime in the US, so he is going to federal prison. There is no parole for federal crimes, so he will serve the entire length of his sentence.

He’ll be a felon for the rest of his life, which will make it difficult if not impossible for him to get work.

Unfortunately, the US criminal system is really good at one thing: making offenders life-long criminals. He appears already to have a lawless attitude entitling him to break laws, so considering the high recidivism rates in the US, chances are he’ll be back behind bars before long.

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Mewmew

I guess I feel a tiny bit bad for some immature 18 year old kid whos rational part of his brain isn’t even fully developed yet does something stupid and is stuck his entire life paying for it. I don’t feel bad for his jail time at all, but thinking of it following him forever, dumb mistakes from when a kid, it then sounds like overkill.

If it was murder or something it would be different, I wouldn’t care that it followed them, but for minor crimes that a kid commits and they are only a few years sentence that seems to be deathly overkill that it will forever affect him.

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starbuck1771

Well I disagree. He was old enough to know what he was doing so he was old enough to know better. Just think he will be tracked anytime he uses a computer now if he is even allowed one.

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Mewmew

Sorry but your reasoning center isn’t fully developed until you’re 25. This wasn’t like murder. He was 18 and did some DDoS attacks, something people did all the time without any hint of punishment. They did not think this was a big deal, they thought it was a joke.

Yes, he should be punished, but you think it’s fair that he should be punished for his entire life? To not be able to get even a job at McDonalds for his entire life because of that one mistake at 18? That is what will make him turn back to crime and what Ashfyn was saying. This system makes lifelong criminals out of first time young petty offenders.

He certainly will *not* be tracked any time he uses a computer, but he will be tracked every time he tries to get a job and do something normal with his life.

2 years in prison and $95,000 is a fair punishment. Never being able to get a job for your entire life except for very few places that are lower than the low is not fair at all. That punishment doesn’t fit his crime. Now I wouldn’t blame him if he went out and committed computer crimes to make money, because there isn’t much else he will be able to do. Yeah, great way of thinking…

Things don’t have to be so extreme, there is a middle ground somewhere that could actually help the person learn and become a productive member of society. He slowed down some video game servers a little bit. He shouldn’t pay for this for his entire life.

The punishment doesn’t fit the crime when it’s barely a low end mild felony committed by a child like brain that hasn’t finished developing and they’ll be suffering and punished for life for it for the entirety of their life after. That’s really a very cold and cruel way of thinking. That’s pretty cruel to wish on anyone for such a small thing. What a lack of compassion. People should get to turn their lives around and outgrow the mistakes of youth.

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Robert Mann

I agree with the consequences toward their future being too much, but I do think that we need to come down on this stuff.

In fact, I believe that is a major flaw of the U.S. ‘Justice’ system to begin with. It is far from the only one, but it is a critical one with regard to people moving forward after crimes that were not as serious overall.

I’d say combining some rehabilitation programs and making less a mess of the future of people, along with some good hard work to pay it all off and make prison even less appealing, would be a strong combo… but then people here seem to have decided that such labor is ‘slavery’. XD

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Randy Savage

Does it though? Two years in prison for a kid like him is going to feel like twenty.

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Robert Mann

And the more that justice finds them, the better off we all shall be.

The only downside to this is that these scum are not yet being forced to give restitution to the collaterally harmed, whether via stopping them enjoying something they have every right to enjoy -or- via those with their computers infected with the malware that is typically utilized in performing such attacks.