Two Years in Prison for the Hacker Who Attacked Daybreak Games


The hacker attack on Daybreak Games in 2013 and 2014 ended with a final conviction, at that time still known as Sony Online Entertainment. Austin Thompson will have to serve 27 months in prison due to his involvement in DDoS attacks against the company.

Thompson pleaded guilty to all the charges in November 2018, and the trial ended yesterday, with the final sentence that in addition to the prison sentenced him to compensation of $ 95,000 against Daybreak Games.

The 2013 attacks were carried out by the group called DerpTrolling, of which the hacker was head, and involved other online services besides those of Sony, including, Dota 2 and League of Legends. However, it was not the only group of hackers that targeted Daybreak Games, as attacks were also recorded by Lizard Squad, which affected the online services of Planetside 2, H1Z1, Everquest and other company-owned titles.

Also the previous year the same Lizard Squad had tweeted a bomb alert regarding an American Airlines flight, thus preventing it from taking off the plane on which the Sony Online Entertainment president, John Smedley, had to board.