A teenager in the United Kingdom has been sentenced for his cyber-attack on an online gambling website which led to an estimate loss of £18,000.
According to a report from the Daily Express, the 19-year-old teenager, Max Whitehouse, showed up on November 20, 2015 before the Nottingham Crown Court and confessed to flooding the website with a huge amount of virtual traffic to the point that it could no longer operate for a while.
He found it all very easy to bypass the online security of the gambling site and proceeded to launch a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, causing the site's operations to go down and as a result, lose substantial thousands of pounds.
The judge sentenced him to 12 months in prison for his actions; however, it was suspended for 1 year. The judge said, "He has been living a virtual life and not a real life. He needed to get out more and play rugby or something."
The judge also added, "You need to get out more and live. You were, at the relevant time, extremely naive. I am satisfied you had no intention whatsoever of selling or distributing any of those items. Your object was to see if you could do it. You were living your life through a screen, rather than outside. But I believe sending you to custody would be highly damaging and retrograde." The teen broke down in tears.
The police conducted a search of his house and in his bedroom they found a stash of weapons such as tear gas canisters, a stun gun disguised as an iPhone, as well as 8 knuckledusters - all bought online from China; however, the court apparently agreed with the statement by the defense lawyer that the teen was "a hoarder of weapons, rather than someone with any criminal intent".
Whitehouse was also ordered to surrender his weapons and present £200 as payment towards the costs of the prosecution.
Investigators have found out that 2 years before the attack, Whitehouse (age 17 at that time), had announced in his mother's Twitter account about his plan for the DDoS-style attack against a particular online company.
The gambling website that suffered from the cyber attack has remained anonymous to the public.
source: Daily Express