Denial of service kingpin hit with 13 months denial of freedom and a massive bill to pay

Denial of service kingpin hit with 13 months denial of freedom and a massive bill to pay

Illinois man gets more than a year in the slammer for $550K DDoS scheme


A US court has sentenced the operator of a massive DDoS service to 13 months in prison.


Sergiy Usatyuk, 21, from Orland Park, IL was handed the term - along with a $542,925 forfeiture order - after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers. He will also have to serve three years supervised release, the North Carolina Eastern US District Court ruled.


Usatyuk and an unnamed conspirator from Canada owned and operated a group of "booter" sites that offered for-hire DDoS attacks. Prosecutors said [PDF] that from August, 2015 through November, 2017 Usatyuk and his partner ran more than a half-dozen different sites all offering "booter" or "stresser" services. Customers would pay the ..