Adam Mudd, at only the age of 20, is a master hacker that has been illegally testing the security of many companies resulting in him creating chaos worldwide. He has been at it since he was 16 years old, when he created the “Titanium Stresser program.”
Mudd used this program to launch more than 1.7 million attacks on websites like Minecraft, Xbox Live, Microsoft and Teamspeak. Runescape, the notable online fantasy game, was the victim of 25,000 attacks on its own.
He mainly targeted gaming communities.
Although his crimes helped him earn about $500,000, his main goal was not to make money. Mudd was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
He had a focused interest in video games and his antics were a result of him being interested in status in the online gaming community. He lived at home with his parents and did not live a lavish lifestyle, so his
From December 2013 to March 2015, he carried out 594 DDoS attacks against 181 IP addresses. He was in college studying computer science, when the network crashed at West Herts College due to cyber attacks. He admitted to being the culprit behind those security breaches, which cost $2000 to investigate.
From The Guardian:
When he was arrested in March 2015, Mudd was in his bedroom on his computer, which he refused to unlock before his father intervened. Mudd, from Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to one count of committing unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers; one count of making, supplying or offering to supply an article for use in an offence contrary to the Computer Misuse Act; and one count of concealing criminal property.
Ben Cooper, defending, appealed for his client to be given a suspended sentence. He said Mudd had been sucked into the cyber world of online gaming and was “lost in an alternate reality” after withdrawing from school because of bullying. Mudd, who was expelled from college and now works as a kitchen porter, had been offline for two years, which was a form of punishment for any computer-obsessed teenager, Cooper said.The “bright and high-functioning” defendant understood what he did was wrong but at the time he lacked empathy due to his medical condition, the court heard.
Cooper said: “This was an unhappy period for Mr Mudd, during which he suffered greatly. This is someone seeking friendship and status within the gaming community.”
The judge said: “I have a duty to the public who are worried about this, threatened by this, damaged by this all the time … It’s terrifying.”