Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

World of Warcraft computer attacker sentenced

World of Warcraft computer attacker sentenced

Back in 2010, a Romanian World of Warcraft DDoS attacker called Calin Mateias caused WoW servers to crash.

After the attacks were carried out on the World of Warcraft servers in Europe, thousands of players were not able to play the game.

The fine relates to compensation owed to Blizzard for the disruption to their services and the cost of combatting the attacks. He was extradited to the United States last November and pleaded guilty to one count of "intentional damage to a protected computer" in February of this year. According to the Department of Justice's press release that detailed why Mateias engaged in the cyberattack and the reason why legal action was being taken against him, it appears that the player's beef was with rival players, not Blizzard itself.

A hacker was sentenced to prison for attacking "World of Warcraft" servers. Mateias was considered to be "motivated by a juvenile desire to win the game, and for others to lose it".

Today, there are several ways to launch a DDoS attack, some even involving the use of specialized tools that are distributed freely over the internet.

Calin Mateias was extradited from Romania to face trial for the attacks on the World of Warcraft servers.

I really don't see how people think they'll achieve anything good out of doing things like this, but you might remember the Romanian World of Warcraft player that hacked Blizzard's servers, who has now been sentenced and fined.

World of Warcraft is an online virtual world where players participate in a game using avatars. This February, Mateias pleaded guilty to one count of intentional damage to a protected computer. However, Mateias' defense argues that he should be released on time served given the fact that he had spent nearly that same amount of time in the U.S. during his trial period. Mateias had previously been implicated in 2004 on a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars in computer equipment from tech distributor Ingram Micro, the BBC noted. The charges in that previous case were eventually dropped but Mateias is once again facing repercussions from his criminal activities, without luck, this time around.

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