Dutch DDoS hacker is spared jail time

Bubbajim

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In 2016 and 2017 a hacker was actively targeting major websites like the BBC and Yahoo News with DDoS attacks and Mirai-based malware. Over the course of 12 months, they allegedly extorted around $150,000 through attacking and subsequently making ransom demands. In October 2017, a suspect was caught and the attacks stopped.

That suspect is now known to the world simply as ‘S.’. S. was a minor when he committed the crimes, so the Dutch court has not released his name even though he is aged 20 now.

ZDNet reports that S. “showed remorse in court, admitted to his crimes … and apologized for his actions.” As such, instead of a prison sentence, S. received 120 hours of community service. He had already spent some time in juvenile detention, which was factored in as time served.

During the course of the court proceedings, S. told the judge that he had begun hacking aged 13 or 14, and he had started the DDoS and ransom attacks because his parents weren’t able to financially support him. According to Zdnet, S. “is now involved in cryptocurrency mining and speculation.”

The prosecution had sought a 2-year prison sentence and damage payments on top. But his apology seems to have convinced the judge that prison is not the answer here. Currently S. has been set free on a 360-day conditional release, provided he does not break any other laws.

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Hellbishop

TS Rookie
Its going to be funny when someone else thinks they will get a similar sentence and then BAM!!!

As for the decision here the Judge and Jury must have seen something to give such a lenient sentence. Not everyone has a heart of stone cold granite... EVIL.
 

MaikuTech

TS Evangelist
That's an absurd sentence. Talk about empowering other Dutch hackers to do the same.
Let him be prosecuted in the united states, his *** will get some real prison time for what he did.
Plus being barred from using any type of computer based device anything.
 

lipe123

TS Evangelist
Probably more to the story but this makes me kinda mad. I've had some game servers attacked by angry kids doing ddos attacks. It's near impossible to avoid or mitigate and this kid extorted money too?!

What even!
 

m3tavision

TS Evangelist
You can extort $150k from someone and not serve jail time in the Netherlands?
I bet a bunch of thieves are moving their way...
 

MaikuTech

TS Evangelist
Probably more to the story but this makes me kinda mad. I've had some game servers attacked by angry kids doing ddos attacks. It's near impossible to avoid or mitigate and this kid extorted money too?!

What even!

It should make you angry, if anyone else were to do what he did, no one would be getting away with that.