A german hacker has been sent to prison for 2 years and 10 months for a DDOS extortion scam
against online gambling sites that coincided with the World Cup in 2010. The hacker threatened
to bring down certain gambling sites at a time when these sites generate a significant volume
of betting on the World Cup games. The german citizen was ordered to pay damages of over
$500,000 after being convicted of running a scam against six prominent online betting sites.
Three of the targeted online betting sites paid a combined total of roughly 5,000 euros, which
pales in comparison to the $500,000 in damages that the hacker must now pay to the government. This is the first legal case against a hacker that has threatened a DDOS attack against online gambling sites. Hackers continue to disrupt government sites within the United States and other popular web sites but they haven’t gone after any other online gambling sites.