Security Market Segment LS
Thursday, 21 December 2017 07:55

UK teen gets suspended sentence for DDoS attacks

By

A British teenager has been given a 16-month suspended sentence for his "substantial" role in launching a number of distrubuted denial of service attacks on a number of well-known UK and US websites in 2015 and 2016.

Jack Chappell, 19 of Cheshire, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday, after entering a guilty plea during an earlier hearing, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.

He was initially under investigation for offences under the Computer Misuse Act for launching a number of DDoS attacks on Manchester College. Police seized his computer and found that he was selling DDoS packages.

The security firm Sophos said that among the sites Chappell attacked were Netflix, Amazon, Verizon, Sprint, Vodafone, O2, Virgin Media, NatWest Bank, Pornhub, the BBC, MIT, the University of California San Diego, and Britain’s National Crime Agency.

Chappell was a front for an operation known as vDOS, run by two Israeli teenagers who were arrested in August. The two Israelis, Yarden “applej4ck” Bidani and Itay “p1st” Huri, took most of the fees that Chappell collected when he sold DDoS attacks.

One of the arguments mounted by Chappell's defence was that he received only 1500 for his role in the DDoS sales, which meant he deserved to be viewed as another victim.

Hannah Sidaway, senior crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, said: “As cyber crime has evolved, people with specialist skills and knowledge are working to enable hackers to commit attacks, by providing the tools for the job.

“They are as responsible for the loss and damage caused as the individuals pressing the buttons. These attacks are not victimless and cause financial and reputational harm to both businesses and their customers.”

BUSINESS WORKS BETTER WITH WINDOWS 1O. MAKE THE SHIFT

You cannot afford to miss this Dell Webinar.

With Windows 7 support ending 14th January 2020, its time to start looking at your options.

This can have significant impacts on your organisation but also presents organisations with an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the way users work.

The Details

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Presenter: Dell Technologies
Location: Your Computer

Timezones

QLD, VIC, NSW, ACT & TAS: 11:00 am
SA, NT: 10:30 am
WA: 9:00 am NZ: 1:00 pm

Register and find out all the details you need to know below.

REGISTER!

ADVERTISE ON ITWIRE NEWS SITE & NEWSLETTER

iTWire can help you promote your company, services, and products.

Get more LEADS & MORE SALES

Advertise on the iTWire News Site / Website

Advertise in the iTWire UPDATE / Newsletter

Promote your message via iTWire Sponsored Content/News

Guest Opinion for Home Page exposure

Contact Andrew on 0412 390 000 or email [email protected]

OR CLICK HERE!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments