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United Kingdom man jailed for running global cyberattack business

United Kingdom man jailed for running global cyberattack business

Adam Mudd, now 20, created the Titanium Destresser program that has gone on to be used for more than 1.7m attacks, with Mudd himself directly involved in 594 DDoS attacks agains 181 IP addresses while he was active.

In total, he was paid more than £386,000 - mostly in U.S. dollars through Paypal but also including 249.81 Bitcoins - by people using Titanium Stresser.

During sentencing, the judge noted Mudd had come from a "perfectly loving family", but the effect of his crimes had caused widespread damage.

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"I'm satisfied that, [not] withstanding the defendant's condition, he knew full well he was committing serious crime and that in doing so he was taking a risk with his liberty".

Under current British sentencing laws Mudd will spend one year behind bars and the second year of his sentence out on licence. "According to United Kingdom prosecutors, Mudd's Titanium Stresser service was used by others in more than 1.7 million denial-of-service attacks against victims worldwide, with most countries in the world affected at some point".

He has admitted security breaches against his college while he was studying computer science. Among his other DDOS attacks, Mudd also hacked his college, costing over $2,000 in damages and affecting 70 other schools through his actions.

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It had 112,000 registered users, who in turn attacked 666,000 IP addresses globally. Of those, almost 53,000 were in the UK. The attacks were carried out against more than 650,000 victims, including websites such as Minecraft, XBox Live, and TeamSpeak, a chat tool for gamers. According to The Guardian, Runescape's developers spent £6 million trying to stave off the DDOS attacks.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay reportedly told the court that Mudd was motivated by a desire to cultivate status with members of the gaming community. This is not a lavish lifestyle case. The judge in the case disagreed that money was not a motivating factor. "The money-making is by the by".

Sentencing him, Judge Michael Topolski QC said: "The map of the world showing the geographical spread of these attacks which went on for 18 months is revealing, showing the truly worldwide nature". However, he had been expelled sometime after he hacked his college, and was working as a kitchen porter at the time of his arrest. His statement to the court read "This was an unhappy period for Mr Mudd, during which he suffered greatly". He said Mudd "knew full well this was not a game" and his sentence must have a "real element of deterrent".

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Judge Michael Topolski QC went on to say "I have a duty to the public who are anxious about this, threatened by this, damaged by this all the time, it's terrifying".


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