The West Midlands Police has charged 21-year-old Alex Bessell with 11 cyber-crime offences, including DDoS attacks on the likes of Pokemon, Google an Skype.
Liverpool-based Alex Bessell had allegedly infected and controlled 9,000 computers to launch DDoS attacks on Skype and Google.
Aside from launching DDoS attacks on major firms’ online operations himself, Bessell has also been indicted for creating and selling malware and earning over $700,000 in the process. This is incidentally the same crime for which Marcus Hutchins, a young Brit who discovered the ‘kill switch’ for WannaCry ransomware, was indicted in the United States.
The malware designed by Bessell can hide bugs from computer users and can also avoid being detected by antivirus software.
‘Bessell will face a total of 11 charges, including unauthorised access to computers, impairing the operation of computers, making and supplying malware, money laundering and making false statements to Companies House,’ said a spokesman for the West Midlands Police.
‘The charges follow an investigation by cybercrime detectives at the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) based in Birmingham,’ he added.
Bessell is among a number of young hackers who have been indicted for committing cyber crimes so far this year. Last month, an 18-year old British hacker named Jack Chappel was sentenced for carrying out and abetting hundreds of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks around the world.
The DDoS software that Chappel created was used to crash websites by flooding them with large volumes of data. His targets included websites belonging to NatWest bank, Amazon, the BBC, O2, BT, the NCA, EE, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Netflix and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.
In April, a 20-year old hacker named Adam Mudd was jailed for 2 years for orchestrating as many as 1.7 million cyber-attacks on the likes of Xbox Live, Minecraft and TeamSpeak. He admitted to creating a software named Titanium Stresser using which he launched as many as 600 DDoS attacks on 181 victims.
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. In just two years, Titanium Stresser earned Mudd close to £400,000 in bitcoins and cash.