As the Mirai botnet that crippled half of the World Wide Web last week undergoes worldwide promotion, a plethora of hackers and even coding kids have delved into the creation of their own botnet networks by attacking IoT devices in the millions, then selling them as DDoS-for Hire service to flood targets with data.
A name that has been recently linked to such DDoS attacks is that of a 19 year-old student from Hertford. The student has admitted running the DDoS attack that gained popularity as the most used DDoS booter tool on the market.
Named Titanium Stresser, the DDoS booter tool has made Adam Mudd, the creator, over $385,000 in income, reports the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit. People buying the tool used it to attack sites around the world.
On 28th October Adam Mudd, while at the Old Bailey, admitted having gone against the Computer Misuse Act. The computer offense was accompanied a money laundering offence which may land the hacker in jail. Sentencing will be in December.
Mudd was placed under arrest while at his house in 2015. He pleaded guilty to committing criminal acts involving the creation of DDoS services, making us of them himself, then renting them out to other illegal hackers.
The prosecutor in charge of the case says the suspect unleashed 592 DDoS attacks on 181 IP addresses starting from December 2013 to March 2015. “Jonathan Puny said: “The suspect came up with the Titanium Stressor, which is actually an impressive software as far as its design goes. It has the capability of taking down websites and networks.”
Furthermore, an investigation by authorities shows that Mudd sold the software to other hackers who used it to perform 1.7million other attacks on the internet.
The have also been further revelations that indicate that the Lizard squad’s Lizard Stresser was based on Mudd’s software. In 2014, Xbox and the Live network were crippled by the Lizard Stresser.