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Hacker Behind SOE/Daybreak Games DDoS Attacks Headed to Prison

Suzie Ford Posted:
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The US Department of Justice is reporting that a Utah man charged with DDoS attacks against Daybreak Games when it was still Sony Online Entertainment has been sentenced to 27 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $95,000 in restitution. Defendant Austin Thompson is currently out on bond, but has been ordered to report to federal officials on August 23rd. The attacks occurred between December 2013 and January 2014 and were strong enough to take servers offline. 

Thompson's plea agreement indicated that his Twitter account, @DerpTrolling, was used to announce imminent attacks and to post images of servers taken down as a result.

“Denial-of-service attacks cost businesses and individuals millions of dollars annually,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “We are committed to prosecuting hackers who intentionally disrupt internet access.” Brewer praised Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parmley and the FBI’s San Diego Field Office for their hard work on this case.

Thompson was part of the hacking group "Lizard Squad" that focused on SOE in 2013. Lizard Squad members initiated a bomb threat that forced a plane on which former SOE president John Smedley was a passenger to land. Thompson was not, however, part of this incident.

You can read the full report on the US Attorney's Office Southern District of California website.

Via Polygon


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom