Teenager Sentenced for DDoS Attack on Undisclosed Operator

Teenager Sentenced for DDoS Attack on Undisclosed Operator Distributed Denial of Services attacks have been a hot topic within the online gambling industry as of late but the latest discovery shows that an £18,000 loss rested in the hands of a child. A 17-year-old British teenager, Max Dean Whitehouse, was found to be responsible for a DDoS attack on a major gambling operator as heard by the Nottingham Crown Court.

The identity of the operator was not released publicly but the teen, now 19, faced sentencing this week, which lets him off with a 12 month suspended sentence.

As a result of his attack, the unidentified operator suffered a loss of approximately £18,000.

Whitehouse was nowhere near the level of the more serious attacks suffered by the likes of other operators. His mother even reportedly revealed her son’s antics on Twitter.

Upon visiting his home, police found that Whitehouse has a series of weapons leading to Judge Michael Stokes to refer to him as "a hoarder of weapons, rather than someone with any criminal intent".

In response to his cyberattack, the judge said, "Your object was to see if you could do it. You were living your life through a screen, rather than outside. Well, you need to get out more and live, take up rugby or something."

The judge also noted that his weapons were simply a collection from online shops but had he intended to use them, his punishment would have been far more severe.

While curiosity is known to kill the cat, I suppose we’ll never know which operator was affected by the playful amateur attacks of a teenage boy.
  • Yep, I was working one night when a DDOS attack started on the Operator our site was with. I'm not saying this was the culprit, or the Operator it happened to, but I know the site I worked for had 8 bingo rooms all down, 7 hosts sat fiddling with skype & no works access for a good few hours - was awful.
  • More info on DoS on wiki here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack
  • Why don't these stupid kids use their intelligence to something usefull that can actually be profitable for them?
  • It is sad to see a young kid doing the wrong things, I hope he learn that he did is wrong. I think it would be very difficult for him and his family return the value of the damage caused (£ 18,000), but I think otherwise he should be forced to some form of alternative sentencing, such as providing assistance services . I'm also curious to know who the Operator ...
  • Never heard of DDoS attack concerning the gambling industre but there it goes. I am wondering why this kid do it. He is too young to gamble and being upset, maybe a gambling parent or maybe just bad feeling against the world and the gambling industrie was just part of it. They should improve security though. Worst thing ever is a dead connection to the server during some gambling episode of mine.
  • As froggy said, that is where they got the £18k loss from, from the fact that this kid caused the operators servers to go down because of the DDOS attack, and that then made it so that players couldn play any slots from that provider. Usually DDOS attacks don't last very long either in most cases a few mins. in severe cases they can last for hours in worst case scenarios. I hope he does change and starts to live his life outside of his computer screen/room - i hope the judge banned him from using computers too, that should hopefully make him learn his lesson and actually make something of his life.
  • Hi OOPaloo, DDoS stands for distributed denial of service. This kid flooded the operator's system which interrupted service causing players to be unable to place bets. An £18k nuisance.
  • Now I have to look up the definition of Ddos attack and figure out how that could cost a gambling provider so much money. Curious. Other than that it sounds like the judge thought the boy was doing something a bit more serious than a childish prank, but still, not an offense to be imprisoned for. I wonder if the young man has to repay the money that was lost as a result of his criminal actions?

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