MANCHESTER: A teenager is facing jail for setting up a global computer hacking business which caused chaos on the world wide web and cost millions of pounds. Adam Mudd was just 16 years old when he created his Titanium Stresser programme, which was used to carry out more than 1.7 million attacks on websites including Minecraft, Xbox Live, and gamers’ communications tool TeamSpeak. He raked in more than £386,000 worth of US dollars and Bitcoins from selling the programme to cyber criminals across the world. Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said the effect of his hacking programme was truly global, adding: “Where there are computers there are attacks, almost every major city in the world, with hot spots in France, Paris, around the UK.” The Old Bailey heard Mudd, who lived at home with his parents, had previously undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome and was more interested in “status” in the online gaming community than the money. Last week, the court heard how the defendant, now aged 20, carried out 594 of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks himself, against 181 IP addresses, between December 2013 and March 2015. He has admitted security breaches against his college while he was studying computer science. The attacks on West Herts College brought down the network and cost about £2,000 to investigate, but caused “incalculable” damage to productivity, the court heard. On one occasion in 2014, the college hacking affected 70 more schools and colleges, including Cambridge University and the universities of Essex and East Anglia as well as local councils. Mr Polnay said there were more than 112,000 registered users of Mudd’s programme who hacked over 666,000 IP addresses. Of those, nearly 53,000 were in the UK.
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