Adam Mudd, responsible for the Titanium Stresser hacking software, has been sentenced to two years in prison in the UK.
The young man, who was only 16 years old when he developed the software, has pleaded guilty to all charges before the Central Court of England (popularly known as the Old Bailey). The judge, Mike Topolski, assures that Mudd knew perfectly that what he was doing was not a game and hopes that the sentence is dissuasive.
Adam would have made 386,000 pounds (between dollars and bitcoins) selling his software, which has caused damage to dozens of companies around the world. He would have personally committed 594 DDOS (denial of service) attacks against 181 IP addresses between December 2013 and March 2015. He even hacked his institute’s servers, which would have cost the institution 2,000 pounds. He also hacked other institutes, schools and town halls.
The Titanium Stresser program was used by many cyber attackers, and one of its targets was the video game RuneScape, which would have received 25,000 attacks that would have forced the company to spend 6 million pounds on improvements to its security system. This software was also used to carry out attacks on Sony and Microsoft.