Kept him from leaping from his basement window.
A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit (PCeU) on suspicion of being behind a denial of service attack against the online game Call of Duty. The teenager was arrested in the Beswick area of Manchester early on Thursday morning. He is suspected of involvement in denial of …
Reports are a bit hazy but from my understanding they got the guy selling the attack software -from the post he used to advertise it, which is easy- and not the actual attackers -from the connection logs, which would have been tremendously more difficult- so no parallel can be made with other attacks. This certainly doesn't suggest that the plods can trace DDOSers (although I bet they deliberately released a vague story in order to instill unjustified fear in the hearts of script kiddies).
The kid just wanted high score.... jeeeez.......
If anything he may have used it against botters and wall hacks which means yes he could have used it to cheat but it can be used to boot the cheaters. This program is like a knife.
So it depends on how you use it.
Gah. This headline had even me turning into the grammar police (pun intended I guess):
"Call of Duty DDoS attack police arrest teen"
So the police, who were doing a COD DDos Attack, arrested a teen... that would have been a much more interesting story! :)
I appologise for whining, but technical details seem to be very thin on the ground here, and I'm rather confused about a few points...
"Distributed denial of service attacks are currently being used against the websites of Sarah Palin, Mastercard and other perceived enemies of Wikileaks and Julian Assange"
Is this at all relevant?
The investigation by PCeU found the DDoS attack was made using a malicious program called "Phenom Booter".
If it was launched using off-the-shelf software, surely this make it a single-homed DoS attack, not a DDoS?
"Police found the malware being offered for sale on a web forum for Call of Duty players to allow them to attack other players of the game and thereby improve their own scores."
Is this illegal?
Police tracked the server to the UK and finally via its IP number to Greater Manchester.
next on Jeremy Kyle, Elaine talks about how her son, Jayzee, has turned from a small time DDoS user to a full-time virus writer.
Elaine: You know Jeremy, people said it was a gateway to harder, more dangerous things but i never believed them.
*Cue video of kid in bedroom on CoD*
Teens shouldn't be allowed a full Qwerty - it's wasted on them anyway. Give them a crappy phone-style alpha-numeric keypad which may help them to improve their typing. At least they'll have an excuse for all that ridiculous txt spk on forums where time-constraints and message length restrictions don't exist.
Wow - sounds like some people are taking their on-line gaming a little too seriously...
In the days of Quake and Team Fortress, if someone was cheating then they became the focus of everyone's attention and got hounded out of the game. If the server was slow or laggy, you found another one or started your own.
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