An unemployed British man living with his parents in Bootle, Liverpool, ended up sentenced to 34 weeks in jail after admitting to 21 offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
UK police arrested Ian Sullivan, 51, last year after he carried out distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks on over 300 websites. Police linked his activities with his personal Twitter account, where he was flaunting his Anonymous associations, promoted the group’s activities and was proudly featuring known Anonymous symbols like the Guy Fawkes mask.
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Some of the websites Sullivan attacked included the ones belonging to local town councils, police forces, political parties, airlines, child care organizations, child adoption NGOs, pornographic portals, and the homepages of the government sites of Bulgaria and Gabon, prosecutors said.
The DDoS attacks took place between June and July 2013, and ended up carried out from Sullivan’s bedroom with the aid of the RageBooter network stressing tool.
The suspect’s motivation was the result of authorities taking his children into care, after his wife divorced him.
The 34-weeks sentence he got was not the maximum. The judge said his decision on the sentencing came from the fact Sullivan did not acquire the skills to carry out the attacks through his education or at his job, but he was self-taught, with the sole purpose to carry out revenge against the government agencies that took his kids away.