UK: Alleged hacker ‘used army of 9,000 ‘zombie’ computers to attack websites such as Skype, Google and Pokemon’
Lara Keay reports:
A man has been charged with using an army of 9,000 ‘zombie’ computers to attack websites such as Skype, Google and Pokemon.
Alex Bessell, 21, is accused of using them to orchestrate Distributed Denial of Service (DdOS) attacks on several major online firms in a bid to crash their operations.
The attacks took over their systems and caused them to crash, leaving users unable to access them.
It is alleged the 21-year-old from Liverpool also set up the web business ‘Aiobuy’ and has made more than $700,000 (£533,193) in sales of harmful IT viruses since 2011.
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