The hacker was found guilty of launching DDoS attacks on Google, Skype and Pokemon, as well as of money laundering, and creating and selling malware.
21-year old Alex Bessell has been charged by the West Midlands Police with eleven cybercrime offenses, which included launching several Distributed Denial of service attacks on Skype, Pokemon, and Google. According to declarations from the WM Police, the hacker has controlled and infected over 9,000 computers, which he used to perform DDoS attacks on major firms.
Alex Bessell has also been indicted for creating and selling malware and earning over $700,000 in the process. His malware capabilities included the capability to avoid being detected by antivirus software, as well as hiding bugs from computer users. Marcus Hutchins, a young British was indicted for the same crimes as Alex Bessel. Marcus discovered the ‘kill switch’ for WannaCry ransomware, and was indicted in the United States.
A spokesman for the West Midlands Police said: “’The charges follow an investigation by cybercrime detectives at the West Midlands Regional Organized Crime Unit (ROCU) based in Birmingham”. He further added regarding the charges Alex is facing, “’Bessell will face a total of 11 charges, including making false statements to Companies House, impairing the operation of computers, unauthorized access to computers, money laundering, supplying and making malware.”
Alex is not the only young hacker to be indicted this year, many others included Marcus Hutchins who was sentenced with the same charges as Bessell and 18-year old Jack Chappel who was indicted for abetting and performing various DDoS attacks across the globe.
Chappel created a software to crash websites by means of supplying these websites with large volumes of information. His most prominent targets were Amazon, BBC, BT, O2, EE, NatWest Bank, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, NCA, the Massachusett Institute of Technology, and Netflix, among many others.
Adam Mudd, a 20-year old hacker was indicted and jailed for 2 years, for carrying out over a million cyber-attacks on TeamSpeak, Minecraft, and Xbox Live. According to his confession to the police, he created Titanium Stresser, a software used for launching Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The number of victims affected by Titanium Stresser is of approximately 181 people, and in just two years, Titanium Stresser earned Mudd close to £400,000 in bitcoins and cash.
He used to loan out the software to other hackers who used it extensively on 650,000 users including on Xbox Live and Runescape users, culminating to a total of 1.7 million hacking attempts. The software was also used by other hackers aside from Mudd, these hackers would launch attacks with Mudd on Runescape and Xbox Live users.