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12/10/2020
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Juvenile Pleads Guilty to 2016 DNS Attack

Mirai botnet was used to target Sony in an attack that took down DynDNS and a number of its notable customers.

An individual, unnamed because they were a juvenile at the time of the crime, has pleaded guilty to committing acts of federal juvenile delinquency relating to a cyberattack that caused massive disruption to the Internet in October 2016. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2021.

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According to the guilty plea, the individual conspired to commit computer fraud by running a botnet. The botnet launched DDoS attacks against victims, most of whom were online gamers or online game platforms.

The government found that the individual created the botnet, using a variation of Mirai, in September and October 2016. The attacks, which were aimed at the Sony PlayStation Network, also had a significant impact on Dyn, a New Hampshire-based DNS provider. Sony, Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Tumblr, Netflix, and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) - all Dyn customers - suffered site disruptions in the attack.

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