We all know hacking (or at least getting caught hacking) can get you into worlds of trouble and that is exactly what happened to teenager Adam Mudd.
Adam Mudd was the creator behind a code called Titanium Stresser, which he developed when he was only 16 years old. He sold the code to fellow hackers through a business he set up and made quite a few bucks in the process (£386k). Titanium Stresser was responsible for around 1.7 million attacks on various websites including breaching the security of the school he was attending, as well as industry giants like Microsoft and Sony.
Mudd pleaded guilty and was inevitably found guilty by Judge Micheal Topolski. Topolski wanted the sentence to have a “real element of deterrent” and therefore refused to suspend the jail term. Topolski also noted that Mudd came from a respectable and caring family and was fully aware of that his actions were not “a game for fun, but a serious business”.
It was agreed by both the defence and prosecution that Mudd was more interested in gaining status and acceptance from the gaming community than making money. The defence also pointed out that Mudd found himself “lost in an alternate reality” due to bullying. And because of this, he was seeking friendship online.
Ultimately Mudd’s software was responsible for plenty of hacks across the globe and had wreaked havoc “from Greenland to New Zeeland, from Russia to Chile”, according to Judge Topolski. Adam Mudd was therefore sentenced to two years in prison.