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Friday, July 5, 2019

Man responsible for DDoS attacks on Microsoft, Sony gets 27 months in prison


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A 23-year-old Utah-born man who launched a series of cyber-attacks in 2013-2014 has been sentenced to 27 months in the US prison. Sony PlayStation Online and Microsofts Xbox Live are among the other online gaming services affected by the DDoS attacks launched by the said hacker, ZDNet reported yesterday.

Austin Thompson was first arrested in 2014, but in 2018, pleaded guilty to the cyber-attacks carried out by him. 'DerpTrolling', the name he used for his Twitter account, was also engaged in sharing details of carried out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks with his followers, possibly other hackers.

The hacker in the talk admitted that he was responsible for carrying out back-to-back yet extremely successful cyber attacks on online gaming services just "to spoil everyone's holiday", "to make people spend time with their families" during the Christmas holiday.

Thompson is currently free on bond, however, according to the Department of Justice press release published Wednesday, the 27-months jail sentence term of Thompson is scheduled to start on August 27.

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