JAIL TIME for DDoS Mastermind

Tech and Science News: JAIL TIME for DDoS Mastermind

a "hacker" or rather a script kiddie who created and sold DDoS software responsible for millions of DDoS attacks on gaming networks like Xbox Live has received a jail sentence to (hopefully) send a message.

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  • Willhelm_55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Flamingo King

    4 months ago

    I'd have said 1-2 minutes for every DDOS he was party too. Still, glad that there is better precedent going forward

    • parcivale FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Lol they almost did that. At 2 mins per each DDOS attack and 666,000 attacks he would get ~2.5 years

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I feel ya Ashley.  I hate when people walk slow in front of me too.

  • snook8888 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    I think he should of gotten more than 2 years for the amount of DDos attacks he caused. 

    • shmanel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Yea really, it should be a minimum sentence of public execution.

  • Icarosaurvus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    Am I the only one getting a weird audio blip around 1:33? 

    • AminoC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      They probably edited out the rest of Mica's mocking tone on how the kid defended himself by citing bullying. 

  • Phatnaru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    "Mastermind"? That's ridiculous! Arresting a young man and sentencing him to 2 years in prison for software that he created when he was a teenager that OTHER PEOPLE  misused. Confiscating his money and slapping an additional fine on top of it, would have been good, but this is over the top! All because you weren't able to play Overwatch for an hour or two, you are essentially ruining this guys life. 1 year in prison is enough to ruin a grown adults life, much moreso for a young adult. 


    This is just the authorities finding a scapegoat for their own ineptitude in tracking down the people that USED the software!

    • Phatnaru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Or hire the kid for Christ's sake. Clearly you could learn a thing or two from him.

    • Col_Gob_Knobbler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      Why would he be making malware that can fucking DDoS things for anything OTHER than for people to use it?  Are you legitimately mental?

    • AnInconvenientlyLargeDragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      He created an effective DDoS tool knowing full well what it is capable off and using it on various targets he considered "harmless",but point that at an essential service (police, ambulance, fire fighters, hospital) and it has the potential to cause chaos and loss of life. point it at a small web business and the money they need to eat and pay rent for the week doesn't come in cause the site is down. he may not always be the one pulling the trigger but he sold it to those he knew would.

    • seneca438 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      He gave toddlers a loaded gun, doesn't matter how old he is. By the way that's an analogy.

    • Phatnaru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      If you make a gun and sell it to someone, should you be held responsible for how they use it? Or, more to my point, should you be labeled as a murderer? Cause that's exactly what happened here!


      Also, one of you used the analogy "gave a toddler a loaded gun - doesn't matter how old he is" Then let me respond with the same analogy. If it was a baby that handed the toddler the loaded gun, would you arrest the baby?


      I'm not saying that he should get away scott-free, I'm saying that he should not receive prison-time, which might as well be the end of his life. He was just a socially inept kid that was flexing his own programming skills and made something that was, quite honestly, impressive, and, like any young adult looking for an easy way to make money, when someone offered him money for it, he was probably very excited. No teenager could ever fully grasp the kind of damage that people could do with that power. At that point in life, your world is pretty small and you cannot fully grasp the consequences. 


      Not to mention, placing all the sentence on him, and labeling him as the "caught mastermind" is the same thing as the police saying "We don't have the money or the skill to go after the people that used it, so we'll just lock this kid up and only go after those that make a big stink". He's the source, not the mastermind! The mastermind is the people using it!


      I wonder what dirty secrets we could put you in prison for if we were able to charge you as an adult for something you did in your teenage years?

    • TROYRUSTY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      At 16 years old you know exactly what your doing. If you sell a gun to someone, no you are not responsible for what they do with. But if you make a gun and advertise its good at killing people then yes, your responsible when people use to kill. Its about intent. He could have made this program, then sold it to Microsoft or others to help protect against these attacks. Instead he sold it to people knowing full well what they would use it for. Not to mention he used the program to carry out his own attacks. His actions caused Millions in damages. People have been put in jail for much less.  

    • Phatnaru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      1) Being put in jail and 2 years in prison are 2 very different things.

      2) I doubt Microsoft would have bought it. Knowing Microsoft, I bet they would have found a way to accuse him of breaking an agreement, confiscate the code, and fine him. 

      3) Yes, a person that advertises the lethal aspect of a gun to sell it should be held responsible, but they should not be charged with murder, which is essentially what happened to him in the analogy.

    • seneca438 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      I'll try to put this in a way you'll understand. This isn't some bored 16 year old who just hacked a few websites, this dude made software that (can) shut down a lot of services that costs a lot of money to fix. Way more money than he gained from selling it. Which selling an illegal anything is definitely illegal. If the authorities let the kid off with a fine on top of taking all the money which he got from selling it, then that sends a message to every 16 year old with coding abilities that they can do this shit too and if they get caught then it's no big deal. 


      And as for the selling a gun analogy, this isn't a shop (the kid) selling a gun (the software) to an ordinary citizen (a friend or something), this is a shop selling a gun to someone who has multiple counts of assault and/or murder (the entire internet which is full of people who would use it for exactly its purpose). Which any shop owner/employee will get pretty much the same sentencing as the killer in real life.