A teenager whose software performed DDoS attacks on Minecraft and countless other servers was sentenced to jail for two years. The teen, Adam Mudd, developed the DDoS software named Titanium Stresser. The software has been pinned as being responsible for more than 1.7 million attacks. Microsoft, RuneScape, TeamSpeak, Xbox Live and other game-related websites and services were among the attacked. The attacks weren’t limited to video game sites, however. And, the attacker with the motivation wasn’t always Mudd.
Mudd, from Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to one count of committing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers; one count of making, supplying or offering to supply an article for use in an offence contrary to the Computer Misuse Act; and one count of concealing criminal property.
– The Guardian
Titanium Stresser was a business with Mudd selling various plans to those wishing to conduct DDoS attacks. The havoc-wreaking operation was run out of the teen’s bedroom. When caught, Mudd initially refused to unlock his computer until his father intervened.
Social pressure and undiagnosed illness were at the forefront of Mudd’s defense. Mudd pleaded guilty to charges. According to the Guardian, the court was told that Mudd “…had previously undiagnosed Asperger syndrome and was more interested in status in the online gaming community than the money.” Mudd stated that [he] “understood what he did was wrong but at the time he lacked empathy due to his medical condition, the court heard.”