Normally when people say your name is mud, they don’t mean it literally. Adam Mudd, a teenage hacker responsible for nearly 1.7 million security breaches against Sony and Microsoft, has been arrested and sentenced to two years in a youth detention facility. His targets included Xbox Live, Microsoft, TeamSpeak, and Minecraft, among other things.
Mudd is responsible for running an attack-for-hire business that was responsible for selling various hacking programs, including his own Titanium Stresser program, to cyber criminals, allowing them to hack into online services. Mudd had, over the course of four years, earned over $386,000 through his business.
Between December of 2013 and March 2015, the teenage hacker was responsible for 594 of the various DDOS attacks of those years, against 181 different IP addresses. Among his other DDOS attacks, Mudd also hacked his college, costing over $2,000 in damages and affecting 70 other schools through his actions. His apparent reason for this was because he had been mugged on campus, but no action had been taken.
He also hacked RuneScape, causing over $184,000 dollars in damages even after its owner company spent over six million dollars to protect it from DDOS attacks.
To fund his “business”, Mudd offered a variety of payment plans to his customers. These included $309.99 for 30,000 seconds over five years, and a refer-a-friend scheme. Over 112,000 registered users of Mudd’s program hacked nearly 660,000 IP addresses. Over 53,000 of those addresses were in the United Kingdom, where Mudd lives.
Mudd’s defense had said that he had become lost in the world of the internet after withdrawing from school because of bullying. He also apparently lacked empathy due to undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome. However, he had been expelled sometime after he hacked his college, and was working as a kitchen porter at the time of his arrest.
It’s likely that the teenage hacker was attempting to gain recognition in the online community, but hopefully when he’s released he’ll have learned his lesson.