If anyone was thinking about pulling a DDoS prank on a huge online video game title, then he better think twice, since it might come to some nasty repercussions. According to NBC Los Angeles, a World of Warcraft DDoS Attack liable has been sentenced to prison for the attack he caused 8 years ago to the famous Blizzard MMORPG.
Calin Mateias, a 38 yo Romanian citizen, has DDoS attacked World of Warcraft in 2010, angered by another player. That compulsive decision caused Mateias to be extradited to the United States over the accusation last year. Now NBC Los Angeles reports that Mateias has pled guilty to one count of causing intentional damage to a protected computer in February.
NBC Los Angeles reports that Mateias has been angered by a player he regularly competed against and the defendant was determined to defeat his opponents by interrupting the game’s server so they could not access the game. They claim that “His actions were motivated by a juvenile desire to win the game, and for others to lose it.”
In addition, BBC reported that the same person has been charged with the effort to hack the California-based company Ingram Micro, which has been reportedly dropped after his charge with the DDoS attack to World of Warcraft.
Apart from a 10-month prison sentence, Mateias has also paid a solid $29.987 in restitution to Blizzard for the damage his World of Warcraft DDoS attack has caused as Gamasutra reported.
Even if causing a DDoS attack seems like a minor charge, big companies like Blizzard don’t take it lightly and for a good cause. Even in a small amount of time that the game is offline, the company loses a big amount of money, not to mention the amount of work it needs to get it back on track and trace the source of the problem. Let’s hope the aforementioned World of Warcraft DDoS attack liable has learned his lesson.