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Two years of prison for the hacker who attacked Sony Online Entertainment

Daybreak Games was attacked in 2013 and took weeks to recover. Justice is done in 2019.

Daybreak Game Company, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, became a victim in 2013 of a major hacking carried out by Austin Thompson, 23 years old and a resident of Utah, which committed the operation of their games and the data of its users. After a long judicial process that has been extended for years, the hacker has been sentenced by the Office of the Prosecutor of the United States for the Southern District of California to 27 months in prison and an important economic compensation which rubs the 100,000 dollars for the firm which suffered their attacks.

According to the portal Polygon, Thompson belonged to a group called DerpTrolling that would have caused problems for other video games such as Battle.Net, League of Legends or DOTA 2 online services in 2013. Although it seems that the conflict began after an argument with a streamer of League of Legends in Twitch, still, DerpTrolling claimed that their attacks were promoted by “laughter”. Also, it is related also to a false bomb threat that forced a flight that was flying the then-President of the firm, John Smedley.

The history of the former Sony Online Entertainment with hackers is long. The former President always was very affected by the present problems, and never hesitated in entering the rag with public statements that they did more than encourage new attacks by other groups of hackers. A. Smedley eventually cost him the post. Thompson, for his part, enters prison on 23 August.

Source: Polygon

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