The man responsible for a series of DDoS attacks against Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) and other gaming companies will serve 27 months in prison.
Austin Thompson of Utah, 23, pleaded guilty in November (official charge: “Damage to a Protected Computer”) in connection with attacks in late 2013 against SOE; his group, “DerpTrolling,” was allegedly behind several denial-of-service attacks on online service for several SOE games, plus Battle.net, League of Legends, and Dota 2 in late 2013.
The official news release says that 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”.
Thompson will begin serving his sentence Aug. 23. He was also ordered to pay $95,000 in restitution to Daybreak Game Company.
Although unrelated, prosecutors in the United States and Finland also secured convictions for two members of Lizard Squad for their roles in attacks on the same target over the 2014 holidays. Zachary Buchta, then 20, of Maryland, received three months in federal prison and was ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution after his guilty plea in late 2017. And Julius Kivimaki was convicted in Finland in July 2015, receiving a two-year suspended prison sentence for his actions.