DerpTrolling hacker sentenced to 27 months behind bars

A 23-year-old man who was involved in multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks in December 2013 and January 2014 that targeted online gaming services has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Austin Thompson, known online as DerpTroll, was part of a group known as DerpTrolling that attacked and successfully targeted Sony Online Entertainment, Valve Inc.’s Steam and Electronic Arts Inc.’s Origin in DDoS attacks. The group later claimed to have attacked the PlayStation Network, Windows Live and 2k Games Studios in November 2014, although that was not in the time period covered in Thompson’s indictment.

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