A Utah man has pleaded responsible to pc hacking costs, after admitting to knocking a number of gaming companies offline 5 years in the past.
Austin Thompson, 23, launched a number of denial-of-service assaults towards EA’s Origin, Sony PlayStation and Valve’s Steam gaming companies through the December vacation season in 2013.
On the time, these denial-of-service assaults made it near-impossible for some avid gamers to play — a lot of whom had purchased new consoles or video games within the run-up to Christmas, together with League of Legends and Dota 2, as a result of they required entry to the community.
Specifics of Thompson’s plea deal weren’t publicly accessible on the time of writing, however prosecutors mentioned Thompson — aged 18 on the time of the assaults — flooded the gaming giants’ networks “with sufficient web visitors to take them offline.”
Thompson would take to his Twitter account, @DerpTrolling, to announce his targets forward of time, and posted screenshots of downed companies within the aftermath of his assaults. Thompson’s assaults prompted upwards of $95,000 in damages, prosecutors mentioned.
“The assaults took down sport servers and associated computer systems all over the world, usually for hours at a time,” mentioned Adam Braverman, district lawyer for Southern California, in a press release.
“Denial-of-service assaults value companies tens of millions of yearly,” mentioned Braverman. “We’re dedicated to discovering and prosecuting those that disrupt companies, usually for nothing greater than ego.”
Thompson faces as much as 10 years in jail and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.