‘DerpTroll’ Faces 10 Years in Prison for DDoSing Gaming Sites as a Teen

Tara Seals reports:

After a short but disruptive career knocking popular online gaming sites offline for sport, Austin Thompson, a.k.a. “DerpTroll,” has pleaded guilty to hacking charges. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years prison and a $250,000 fine.

Thompson, a 23-year-old Utah resident, made his plea on Tuesday in federal court in San Diego, Calif. admitting that he had carried out a series of DDoS attacks on servers for Valve’s Steam platform, EA Origin and Sony Online Entertainment, between late December 2013 and early January 2014. According to the plea agreement, Thompson’s actions caused at least $95,000 in damages arising from hours of downtime.

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