A UK teenager has been sentenced for his role in the attacks on Spamhaus that had a significant impact on the company and the internet as a whole.
Now of age, Donagh has been given 240 hours of community service for his part in the attacks, which have been described as one of the largest in denial-of-service (DoS) history. V3 has asked Spamhaus for comment.
The BBC reported that Seth Nolan McDonagh was sentenced in London at the end of last week by a judge who ruled that reoffending was unlikely.
Judge Jeffrey Pegden said that the attack was "sophisticated and unprecedented in scope", but that the teenager was full of remorse.
The BBC added that the teenager had already made guilty pleas on five charges but that sentencing needed to be delayed until he turned 18.
McDonagh used the pseudonym Narko, and reportedly offered his services on a hired basis. A raid on his finances yielded some £70,000 in cash and thousands of credit card details.
British teenager sentenced over Spamhaus DDoS. A future career in InfoSec as punishment? 😗😆 http://t.co/3NTlxGnCxj— DC441905 (@dc441905) July 10, 2015
At the time of the attack Spamhaus called in CloudFlare for help defending against the attack, at it reported
"On Monday, March 18, 2013 Spamhaus contacted CloudFlare regarding an attack they were seeing against their website spamhaus.org. They signed up for CloudFlare and we quickly mitigated the attack," it said at the same time.
"The attackers were quiet for a day. Then, on March 22 at 18:00 UTC, the attack resumed, peaking at 120Gbit/s per second of traffic hitting our network."
The relatively leniant sentence to McDonagh stands in stark contrast to that of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the notorious Silk Road cyber black market, who was sentenced to life in priso earlier this year.
Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts, was convicted in February with a court finding him unanimously guilty on seven counts, including distributing narcotics by means of the internet, conspiring to distribute narcotics and of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
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