Hacker Behind Microsoft, Sony, EA Origin DDoS Attacks Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

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A hacker who broke into Microsoft and Sony gaming services in 2013-14 has been sentenced to 27 months in prison in the US.

Utah-born 23-year-old AustinThompson, known as ‘DerpTrolling’, launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Electronic Arts’ Origin service and the Sony PlayStation Online, The Inquirer reported on late Thursday.

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Arrested four years later in 2018, he pleaded guilty to the cyber-attacks.

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Thompson said he carried out the DDoS attacks “to spoil everyone’s holiday”, “to make people spend time with their families” and “for the lulz”.

In a DDoS attack, multiple compromised computer systems attack a target, such as a server, website or other network resources, and cause a denial of service for users.

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