A teenage boy made a software which he used to bring down the websites of Sony, Microsoft, and Cambridge University, then sold it to criminals for £386k.
When Adam Mudd was just 15, he created a software in his bedroom which was later used in over 1.7 million cyber-attacks worldwide.
Mudd’s program is called the “Titanium Stresser”, it caused worldwide chaos and companies lost millions because of it. He later sold it to cyber criminals for £386,000.
Mudd, who is a student and still lives at home with his parents, claims he was more interested in “status” than money. Between December 2013 and March 2015, Mudd carried out 594 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against 181 IP addresses.
He has even carried out attacks against his University where he was studying computer science.
In 2014, more than 70 schools and colleges were affected by the hacking. They included Cambridge University and the universities of Essex and East Anglia as well as local councils.
According to prosecutor Jonathan Polnay, Mudd’s every major city in the world has been affected by hacking program. He added that there are almost 112,000 registered users of the program, they have hacked more than 666,000 IP addresses, among them 53,000 were in the UK.
RuneScape, the fantasy game, were attacked repeatedly, 25,000 attacks to be exact. In order to defend itself from DDoS attacks, the company paid £6 million and lost £184,000 in revenues.
In September 2013, the court heard how Mudd created the program using a fake name and address in Manchester. Then, 16 different computer servers were used to host the TitaniumStresser.net site, until September 2015.
For the status:
Palony said that Mudd lived at home, “this is a lavish lifestyle case. The motivation around this we tend to agree is about status. The money-making is by the by.”
Mudd was arrested in March 2015. The source code for the “Titanium Stresser” was found in Mudd’s computer.
He pleaded guilty to one count of doing unauthorized acts with intent to impair the operation of computers, one count of making, supplying or offering to supply an article for use in an offence contrary to the Computer Misuse Act, and one count of concealing criminal property.
The case was of “importance and seriousness” and not to be rushed to judgment, according to Judge Michael Topolski QC. He continued saying: “What he was seeking to acquire was his position in his world – status. I have a duty to the public who are worried about this, threatened by this, damaged by this all the time… It’s terrifying.”
Mudd’s sentencing is due next week. He also suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome