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Man Who Sent GIF of Laughing Mouse To Employer After DDoS Attack Is Now Arrested (bleepingcomputer.com) 75

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has arrested and charged a man for launching DDoS attacks against a wide range of targets, including his former employer, a Minnesota-based PoS repair shop. The man, who bought access to a VPN but didn't use it all the time, was caught after registering email accounts and sending taunting emails to victims, including his former employer. The taunting emails also included a GIF image of a laughing mouse, which eventually tied the man to the DDoS attacks as well. The guy also uploaded the image on Facebook in a post that asked people to join in DDoS attacks on banks as part of Anonymous' Operation Icarus. The suspect also created the fake email accounts using the name of another former colleague, trying to pin suspicions on him. The FBI was not only able to track the man's real IP address, but they also tied him to attacks without a doubt because he used a DDoS-for-hire service that was hacked and its database was shared with the FBI.

Man Who Sent GIF of Laughing Mouse To Employer After DDoS Attack Is Now Arrested

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  • It tends to confirm the original sacking was probably justified.

    • It tends to confirm the original sacking was probably justified.

      Washburn confirmed that Gammell also worked for them, but had left in good terms three years before, to start his own soldering training company.

      The funny thing, at least to me, is that while soldering properly is an art form, it is rather easy to learn. A couple of YouTube videos, and a little practice and you are there. I learned to solder many many years ago from a former NASA employee who had worked on the Apollo project.

      • by gnick ( 1211984 )

        ...while soldering properly is an art form, it is rather easy to learn. A couple of YouTube videos, and a little practice and you are there.

        I found it useful to have a coach. I'd been soldering for years, but a few hours with a stereo microscope and an anal retentive trainer broke me of some bad habits that I wasn't aware of.

        • You have a point.
          However based on what he did, and how poorly he did it, I seriously doubt he would be the "anal retentive trainer" you described.
      • by tsqr ( 808554 )

        The funny thing, at least to me, is that while soldering properly is an art form, it is rather easy to learn. A couple of YouTube videos, and a little practice and you are there. I learned to solder many many years ago from a former NASA employee who had worked on the Apollo project.

        You can't get a certification in soldering from YouTube. Or from a former NASA employee either, unless they're a certified trainer. But if you don't need the cert, I guess YouTube will do.

    • The levels of stupid of that guy are monumental.

      It seems like he wanted to be caught as many different ways as possible.
      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        Not really, seems very much like a psychotic break brought on by age and business failure, revenge on all and sundry to repair a damaged ego in a particularly self destructive fashion, more like just a bit sad. Before pursuing a path of self destructive aggrandisement, consider some mental health counselling first. Ego should be the tool you use to attack others not the tool you use to attack yourself. To set yourself on a path of global reformation, you must first abandon ego and instead develop a wry sens

    • by msauve ( 701917 )
      Heck, they should sack the submitter for acronym abuse. "A Minnesota-based PoS repair shop?" Who really cares what happens to some Piece of Shit repair shop?
  • by Koreantoast ( 527520 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @03:34PM (#55527923)
    Sounds like a classic criminal fail: they pull off some great crime or heist, but their pride drives them to somehow brag about it to the world, or at least rub it in the face of their victims. Ultimately, its that desire for recognition that leads to their downfall.
  • including his former employer, a Minnesota-based PoS repair shop.

    After all, it was a "Piece-of-Shit" repair shop.

  • Oh I see (Score:3, Interesting)

    by whyyisthissohard ( 5124263 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @03:54PM (#55528045)

    So we can't have a story about the DDoS attacks on banks and we can only hear the real story mentioned once they have an example of some one they caught for being barely involved?

    I'm beginning to wonder if the media isn't one consolidated entity under the control of the banks and if law enforcement isn't similar....

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I don't care if it was a piece of shit repair shop, that still doesn't make it right!

  • First there came hackers, and they were good.

    Then came Script Kiddies, who did use the works of the Hackers, and they were kind of lame.

    Then did the Script Kiddies monetize the Hacks, and animated gif makers could enter the realm of wonder and system penetration with mere BitCoin, and these assholes made life hell for everyone.

    And it was The Suck.

  • When Disney hears he's been using a cartoon mouse, he'll be in even more trouble.

  • ... without a doubt ...

    the phrase least likely to appear when there is certainty.

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