Many people feel that they are safe by doing illegal activities behind a computer. However this could not be further from the truth. It’s just that even behind a screen, it’s very easy to identify someone. We always leave a digital trail and even with VPNs and other protection systems they can find us. So says a 32-year-old man who could be sentenced to 35 years in prison for two cyber-attack services.
Computer attacks give a 32-year-old man 35 years in prison!
The trial took nine days and it was after that time that a jury in California found one man guilty of two DDoS attack operations. Matthew Gatrel, a resident of Gatrel of St. Charles, Illinois, ran two websites that allowed paying users to perform DDoS attacks. In fact, there were more than 200 thousand and reached as many users as public and private companies.
Court documents revealed that this man had been in charge of these services since October 2014. The websites were DownThem and Ampnode.
The DownThem website sold subscriptions to DDoS services. AmpNode already provides hosting for those who needed pre-configured servers with attack systems and lists of vulnerable devices that could be used as a tool to attack.
There were 2000 users registered for the DownThem service. So are the ones that led to the 200,000 attacks.
The targets were many and varied. From homes to universities, through government websites and financial institutions.
This service was very well set up because there were different types of subscriptions. They had different durations and strength levels. Everything also depended on the number of computers used and included in the botnet.
However, he was not alone. So he had help managing this site, more specifically from a 28-year-old man from Pasadena in 2018.
He pleaded guilty and thus faces a maximum 10-year sentence in federal prison. The expected sentence for the principal administrator is 35 years.