SOE DDOS’er Gets 27 Months In Prison, $95 Thousand Fine

Another Sony Online Entertainment hacker is going to prison after entering a plea deal with prosecutors. Austin Thompson of Utah pleaded guilty to his part in a denial of service attack on Sony Online Entertainment’s servers as well as other victims between 2013 and 2014. Thompson, for those who recall, headed the hacker group Derp Trolling, and took down a number of services for hours at a time, boasting about his deeds on Twitter for the world to see.

Thompson faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine under 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A), Damage to a Protected Computer.

“Thompson typically used the Twitter account @DerpTrolling to announce that an attack was imminent and then posted “scalps” (screenshots or other photos showing that victims’ servers had been taken down) after the attack.  The attacks took down game servers and related computers around the world, often for hours at a time.  According to the plea agreement, Thompson’s actions caused at least $95,000 in damages.”

The $95,000 fine will be paid to Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment.


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