‘Bitcoin Baron’ Sentenced to Prison After Launching DDoS Attack on Government Websites
The so called Bitcoin Baron, has been sentenced to prison on June the 19th after launching DDoS Attacks to the Madison administrative networks. This is why the Department of Justice (DoJ) of the United States decided to release a public report on the matter.
The report confirms an attack that caused a city-wide outrage in Madison, Wisconsin. Authorities said that the attack damaged the emergency communications services of the place and generated delays in the 911 control centres.
The ‘Bitcoin Baron’ was identified as Randall Charles Tucker, resident of Arizona. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison after a guilty plea to one count of international damage to a protected computer. He has also confessed that he launched other DDoS attacks in 2015 to other governmental sites.
The attacks included a children’s hospital, IRC chat rooms, and police departments.
Additionally, Tucker showed support for the organization Anonymous and disdain for media groups. His social media led to his arrest after the authorities tracked his tweets where he confesses the attacks he did.
It is important to mention that the investigation discovered that some hacking-related forums consider Tucker as a no-skilled hacker. He will also have to pay $69,331 dollars in restitution to the victims for his attacks.
According to the Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report released by Imperva, cryptocurrencies have been one of the most DDoS attacked industries in the last quarter of 2017. China, Vietnam and the United States, have been the main hubs for DDoS attacks.
In the last months, an important number of cryptocurrency exchanges has been hacked. Some countries are trying to impose better regulations to avoid further problems related with hacks.