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Computer hacker Adam Mudd attacked 25,000 times on RuneScape

Apr-23-2017

Computer hacker Adam Mudd attacked 25,000 times on RuneScape


Adam Mudd, A teenager, made about £360,000 by creating computer hacking software which cost universities, gaming websites and other businesses millions of pounds.


When Adam Mudd was 16 years old, he created the Titanium Stresser "malware" in 2013,and sold it to cyber criminals across the world. The programme had 112,000 registered users who were responsible for about 1.7 million "distributed denial of service" attacks on websites, including gaming sites such as RuneScape, Minecraft and Xbox Live.


What's more, the court heard there were about 25,000 attacks on RuneScape and the company which owns it spent £6m trying to defend itself. Prosecutors said Mudd carried out 594 attacks himself, including one on West Herts College where he was studying computer science. He also attacked 70 other schools and colleges, including the University of Cambridge, University of Essex and University of East Anglia, as well as local councils.


Adam Mudd, 20, of Hertfordshire, has already admitted offences under the Computer Misuse Act. He is expected to be sentenced next week.


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