DDoS Attacker Will Spend Two Years In Prison

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One of the men behind a series of 2013 attacks on games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 has been sentenced to 27 months in jail, and must pay $95,000 in restitution to another of his victims.

Via Polygon, in a statement released by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California the culprit is named as 23 year-old Austin Thompson, who earlier this year plead guilty to charges of “Damage to a Protected Computer”.


Thompson ran the Twitter account “DerpTrolling”, and his case actually revolved around Daybreak Games, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, who he must pay the $95,000 to after it was determined that’s how much revenue the company lost between December 2013 and January 2014 during his attacks.

He got off relatively lightly; the maximum sentence he could have faced is a $250,000 fine and ten years in prison.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Blue Dog Anchorite

Non-violent crime. This is not the same as swatting. Why is he being sent to prison? Grossed out by all the pro-prison comments on here.