Adam Mudd, 20, is somewhat a household name for now since his case came to light in 2016. Mudd is convicted of selling his home-made software utilized to crash computer networks and websites around the globe a.k.a a DDoS attack. For the uninitiated, DDoS is an abbreviation for Distributed Denial of Service, a type of cyber-attack that attempts to crash an online service by overwhelming it with traffic.
In simple terms, a DDoS attack cripples its target service where a computer(s) send a request to a website, “Can you show me what’s on your page” but this is normal as every computer does the same. DDoS does it by sending the aforementioned question many times, which in turn causes the website or service to crash and become unavailable till fixed.
The malware was created by Mudd when he was 16 in 2013. Named the “Titanium Stresser”, it was used to attack an estimated 1.7 million websites. Mudd sold it to various hackers and other buyers around the world and accepted payments in different PayPal accounts and Bitcoins. By 19 Mudd is estimated to have amassed a fortune of £ 298,267.
As mentioned before, above a million sites were attacked using the malware with alleged 595 carried out by Mudd himself. Attacks were carried out on various high profile websites and services such as RuneScape, Minecraft and Xbox Live. Also on the list of attacked sites were about 70 schools and colleges including University of Essex, University of East Anglia and University of Cambridge.
A total of 112,298 registered users carried out a total of 1,738,828 attacks between them against 666,532 IP addresses using Titanium Stresser. Mudd was arrested in 2016 by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) Regional Cyber Crime Unit. The case goes on as Judge Michael Toploski QC is expected to pass the sentence in April.