UK Hacker Jailed For DDoS Attack That Sent Liberian Internet Offline

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A London court has sentenced a 30-year-old Brit hacker to 32 months in prison for a DDoS attack against a telecom service in Liberia which resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars.

According to Securityweek, Daniel Kaye was hired by an employee of a rival telecom firm to launch a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) on Liberian phone and Internet service provider Lonestar.

You might be wondering what a DDoS attack is. Well, a DDoS or distributed denial-of-service attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted service, server or network by flooding it with junk Internet traffic to a point where the target can't accommodate the traffic and then crashes or fails.

The attack happened in 2016 when the dreaded Mirai source code was released in the Darkweb. Shortly after the release of the source code, several top websites and online services around the world went under attack, and at a stage almost half of the world Internet laid in the dark.

Also Read: The Mirai threat: How Hackers could shut off 23 Countries access to the Internet

Britain's National Crime Agency said the attack overwhelmed Lonestar's computer network and as a result knocked it out. Not only did the attack disabled Internet service across the West African country, the company also loss tens of millions dollars.

Mike Hulett of the crime agency's National Cyber Crime Unit described Kaye as "a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire."

Last month, Kaye pleaded to two offenses under the Computer Misuse Act and one charge possessing criminal property.

Judge Alexander Milne handed down the prison sentence on Friday at London's Blackfriars Crown Court.

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