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Hacker Who Took Part in Daybreak Games DDOS Attack Sentenced to Prison Time

Way back in 2013 Daybreak Games, then called Sony Online Entertainment suffered a massive coordinated DDOS attack. The Daybreak Games DDOS attack was done by a group called DerpTrolling who was also responsible for attacks against Battle.net, League of Legends, and Dota 2.

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23-year-old Austin Thompson pled guilty in November to damage to a protected computer in connection with the DDOS. In his plea agreement, he said that he was in charge of the DerpTrolling Twitter account which had posted in early January 2014 that federal agents had shown up at their house but that they had escaped through the bathroom.

Now he’ll be serving 27 months in prison and be forced to pay Daybreak Games $95,000 in restitution. Previous convictions for DDOS attacks against Daybreak Games, these by Lizard Squad resulted in a 2 year suspended sentence for one man and 3 months in federal prison plus $350,000 to Daybreak Games. The Lizard Squad attack was when Smedley, the then head of Daybreak Games had his make an emergency landing because of a bomb threat.

This has brought about some debate online of course. Some are saying that he was just a teenager trying to take down a game and that the prison sentence and money are too much for the crime committed. Others say that it serves him right and he shouldn’t have done the crime if he wasn’t willing to do the time. Some believe that the punishment is as severe as it is because the courts are making an example out of him. The debate goes back and forth. Whichever side you sit on it is interesting to see this all play out.


Source: Polygon

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Shannon first discovered MMOs in 1999 when she picked up the newly launched Everquest. This started a lifelong love affair with online gaming that has taken her around the world and brought her to MMOGames.com. While she still pines for the streets of Paragon, the City of Heroes, today she spends most of her gaming time walking across Tyria in Guild Wars 2, roleplaying with anyone who says hello.