Hacker Who Crashed Sony Gaming And Other Firms Servers Via DDoS Sentenced To Jailed

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A 23-year-old hacker who disrupted Sony Online Entertainment and other gaming companies servers has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in the US.

Austin Thompson, last year pleaded guilty to have launched series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against several online gaming companies between 2013 and 2014.

The aim of DDoS attacks is to flood computer servers with junk traffic to disrupt its service or to take them offline.

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Thompson flooded his victim's servers with heavy traffic, making them impossible to access. In fact, so bad were the attacks that technicians were forced to take the servers offline for hours, which in turn would incur heavy business damage to the owners.

After launching these attacks, Thompson would go on Twitter using @DerpTrolling handle to post screenshots of the servers that he had downed in the attack.

Thompson received the 27-month sentence on Tuesday in San Diego and was also ordered to pay $95,000 to cover damages to Sony Online.

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