One of the hackers behind the DDoS attacks against Daybreak Game Company has been sentenced to 27 months in prison. Austin Thompson pleaded guilty to the crime back in November, he and his group “DerpTrolling”, launched attacks against multiple developers, trying to overload their servers so players couldn’t access their games.
In late 2013 DerpTrolling launched a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack against Daybreak Games, then called Sony Online Entertainment, the developer of H1Z1 and Planetside 2. Polygon reports that in early 2014, the DerpTrolling Twitter account said that the group had been raided by federal agents but had escaped arrest. Thompson has said that he was in charge of that Twitter account.
H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games was targeted in late 2013
The exact crime Thompson has pleaded guilty to is “Damage to a Protected Computer”, and he will spend 27 months in prison. He has also been ordered to pay Daybreak Games $95,000.
DerpTrolling also launched attacks against Battle.Net, Blizzard’s online client; League of Legends; and Dota 2. All in late 2013.
DerpTrolling wasn’t the only group to target Daybreak Games, another group called Lizard Squad tried to cripple the developer’s servers. They also harassed the company’s then-president, John Smedley, making a bomb threat against a plane he was flying on. The flight was grounded as a result of the threat.
Lizard Squad was also responsible for using DDoS attacks to take down Battle.net and the PlayStation Network, stopping access to online games for thousands of players. Naturally, these attacks drew the attention of the FBI and the hackers were arrested shortly after.