A 19-year-old UK teenager from Hertfordshire has pleaded guilty to creating and running the Titanium Stresser booter service, with which he launched 594 denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
According to a statement put out by the Bedfordshire Police, Adam Mudd developed the tool when he was just 15 years old.
He didn’t just use it to launch his own DDoS attacks. He also sold it online and ran it as a service, distributing it to cyber crooks.
Investigators are still working out the total amount Mudd made from the attacks, but their preliminary estimate is around $385,000.
Investigators determined that Mudd’s stressor – which is a tool used to flood networks with data, bogging them down until they’re dead in the water, non-functioning and vulnerable to compromise – was used in more than 1.7 million DDoS attacks worldwide.