Teenage Hacker That Targeted Microsoft, Sony & Others Jailed For Two Years

Adam Mudd, a teenage hacker responsible for almost 1.7 million security breaches against Sony and Microsoft, has been arrested and sentenced to two years in a youth detention facility. He played a hand in 1.7 million hacks worldwide, and was also found guilty of carrying out 594 distributed denial of service attacks against 181 IP addresses from December 2013 to March 2015.

Aside from costing Microsoft and Sony a lot of money, this guy is also said to have cost the developers behind Runescape as much as £6m after the game suffered massive attacks.

Since he created the program, Mudd has made over £386,000 in both United States dollars and bitcoins.

Mr Polnay said there were more than 112,000 registered users of Mudd's programme who hacked some 666,000 IP addresses.

Mudd, now 20, carried out almost 600 DDoS attacks against 181 IP addresses over a 16 month period. It's reported that he also breached the security of his school, West Herts College, causing the system to crash.

Michael Topolski, the judge overseeing the case, refused to budge on the two-year sentence and hopes it'll deter other hackers.

As we noted when he pleaded guilty in November a year ago, Mudd's work became the basis of the Lizard Stresser, as used by hacking crew Lizard Squad to take down Xbox Live and the Playstation networks during Christmas 2014.

Mudd did not have a lavish lifestyle, and carried out his crimes to achieve "status", prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said. "I'm entirely satisfied that you knew full well and understood completely this was not a game for fun", he told Mudd. As a result, the judge felt that there needed to be what he called a "real element of deterrent". Topolski added that Mudd's crimes had wreaked havoc "from Greenland to New Zealand, from Russian Federation to Chile". Ben Cooper clarified that Mudd's motivations were not financial, but rather he sought status online. However, the prosecution successfully argued that this was actually just a serious money making operation, as evidenced by the £386K generated by selling access to these DDOS tools.

Outside court, Mudd's parents said in a statement they were "devastated" at the judge's decision not to suspend his sentence.

In October 2016, Mudd had pleaded guilty to three offenses under the Computer Misuse Act as well as one offense of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Rather the report, which has been backed by some former hackers, says cybercriminals often come to hacking via online gaming communities.

But Judge Topolksi warned: "I have a duty to the public who are anxious about this, threatened by this, damaged by this all the time".

  • Arturo Norris