Teenage boy brought down websites of Cambridge University, Microsoft and Sony then made £386k selling the … – Telegraph.co.uk
It cost its owner company £6 million to try to defend itself against DDoS attacks with a revenue loss of £184,000.
Other hacking targets included Minecraft, Xbox Live, and the computer gamers’ communications tool TeamSpeak.
The court heard Mudd created Titanium Stresser in September 2013 using a fake name and address in Manchester.
Until September 2015, 16 different computer servers were used to host the TitaniumStresser.net site.
The source code for the programme was found in Mudd’s computer and listed “the muddfamily” as its founder or owner in the administrator records.
Mr Polnay added: “This is a young man who lived at home. This is not a lavish lifestyle case.
“The motivation around this we tend to agree is about status. The money-making is by the by.”
When he was arrested in March 2015, Mudd was in his bedroom on his computer which he refused to unlock before his father intervened.
Mudd has pleaded guilty to one count of doing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers, one count of making, supplying or offering to supply an article for use in an offence contrary to the Computer Misuse Act, and one count of concealing criminal property.
Judge Michael Topolski QC said the case was of “importance and seriousness” and not to be rushed to judgment.
“What he was seeking to acquire was his position in his world – status,” he added.
“I have a duty to the public who are worried about this, threatened by this, damaged by this all the time… It’s terrifying.”