A UK judge has dished out a suspended year-long prison sentence on a teenage computer whizz, who targeted an online gambling site with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. On Friday, Nottingham Crown Court Judge Michael Stokes sentenced 19-year-old Max Whitehouse to 12-months in prison for launching a disruptive online attack against the unnamed betting site and for boasting about the attack via social media.
Judge Stokes did suggest, however, that sending the teen to prison for the offence would be “highly damaging and retrograde.”
Whitehouse – who reportedly wept in court as his sentence was read out – pled guilty to carrying out an unauthorized and reckless act with the intent to impair computer operations.
The site claims to have suffered £18k in damages, due to being unable to process customer transactions whilst the attack took place.
The court heard that Whitehouse launched the attack when he was just 17 years old. He also had the audacity to boast about his plans to attack the site in advance via Twitter.
That's pretty badass, right? Wrong, he did it using his mother’s Twitter account. Total n00b.
The idea behind a DDOS attack is pretty simple –a cracker (in this case Whitehouse) tells all the computers on his botnet to contact a specific server or Web site repeatedly.
The sudden increase in traffic can cause the site to load very slowly for legitimate users and will sometimes cause so much traffic that the site shuts down completely.
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