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Teanager pleads guilty to running DDoS attacks

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November 2, 2016

A teanager from South-England has pled guilty to running the 'Titanium Stresser' booter service that offered distributed denial of service (DDoS)-as-a-service.

Such services are often marketed as innocuous and legitimate stress testing tools, but are instead often used for low-cost but effective attacks of various websites.

Prosecutors say 19-year old Adam Mudd earned more than US $385,000 by renting out the service he created in 2014. He was just 17 at the time of the crime.

He pled guilty to two offences under the Computer Misuse Act and one money laundering offence and will be sentenced next month.

Bedfordshire Police said in a notice that Mudd's now off-line Titanium Stresser was used in many thousands of DDoS attacks by several criminals renting the service.

Mudd is accused of committing no less than 594 DDoS attacks against 181 targets between December 2013 and March 2015.

His platform became one of the most popular such services, even offering free 60-second DDoS attacks.

Mudd's criminal initiative would become the basis of the Lizard Stresser, another for-hire DDoS tool by boastful hacking group Lizard Squad, most famously used to take down the Xbox Live and Sony Playstation networks over the 2014 festive break.

Police were able to catch Mudd thanks in part to his keeping of DDoS attack logs. Detective inspector Martin Peters of the Eastern Region Special Operations cyber crime unit says the case is regrettable due to Mudd's misuse of talent.

"This young man clearly has a lot of skills, but he has been utilizing that talent for personal gain at the expense of others," Peters says.

"We want to make it very clear that it's not our wish to unnecessarily criminalize young people, but want to harness those skills before they accelerate into crime actions against innocent people."

Detective Peters says the investigation was complex with hundreds of DDoS victims spread in many countries.

Source: The Bedfordshire Police Dept.

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