|Adam Mudd, 20, jailed 2 years for some 595 ‘distributed denial of services’ attacks – or DDoS – against 181 different IP addresses, including his own college, between September 2013 and April 2015.|
Word reaches us of yet another computer misuse crime, this time it affected or infected Cambridge University. A computer nerd who made nearly £300,000 from his bedroom selling home-made software used to crash websites and computer networks around the world has been jailed for two years.
Adam Mudd, 20, created a programme called ‘Titanium Stresser’ which was used to attack 1.7 million sites by overloading them with millions of simultaneous requests for access.
He used it to personally carry out 595 ‘distributed denial of services’ attacks – or DDoS – against 181 different IP addresses, including his own college, between September 2013 and April 2015.
Mudd also sold his creation to thousands of hackers across the globe, who used it to block countless websites.
It affected dozens of schools and colleges across the UK including Cambridge University.
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay QC likened the DDoS attacks to a home being bombarded with millions of catalogues, meaning legitimate post is missed.
The hacker, who began his illegal career aged just 16, took payment into hundreds of different PayPal accounts and in Bit Coin, and by the age of 19 had amassed a fortune of £298,267.
Mudd admitting a charge of doing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers.
He admitted a further charge of making or supplying an article for use in an offence contrary to the computer misuse act, and one charge of concealing criminal property in relation to the money.
The Old Bailey heard that the TitaniumStresser.net was first registered on 12 September 2013 for a small fee using a false name and address.
Between 18 September 2013 and 1 September 2015, 16 different IP addresses – computer services – were used to host the TitaniumStresser.net. The code used to write the programme was found on Mudd’s computer with ‘themuddfamily’ recorded as the founder and owner.
Mudd even set up a price programme for his customers, ranging from 100 seconds-per-month for $2.99 (£2.3) to 30,000 seconds over five years for $309.99 (£242.314).
He netted a total of $307,298 and 249.81 bitcoins from sales of the programme – or a total of £298,267.
Mr Polnay described the programme as ‘not an unimpressive piece of software’.
He said: ‘A distributed denial of services attack is an attack on websites, namely a computer sends a request to a website “please can you show me what’s on your page” but if a website is asked many, many times “please show me what’s on your page” it can’t do it and crashes.’
‘The Titanium Stresser, which is a not unimpressive piece of software, effectively carries out distributed denial of service attacks and takes down computer networks and websites,’ said Mr Polnay.
‘The defendant charged for use of it so others all over the world would pay money to use the programme.
FULL STORY: http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/two-years-hacker-created-programme-used-attack-1-7-million-sites/
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