UK teenager sentenced over “biggest cyber attack in history”

20.07.15 | |

A British teenager has been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court for his part in what was called the "biggest cyber attack in history". The sites targeted included the BBC. The unprecedented attack on anti-junk mail group Spamhaus in 2013 is said to have slowed the internet around the world.


Ben Cooper, defending, said his client had suffered from a severe mental illness at the time of the attack, lost touch with reality and had withdrawn from school, the wider world and even his own family.


The judge agreed not to impose a custodial sentence after accepting that his rehabilitation since arrest was "remarkable" and that he had shown "complete and genuine remorse".


Ben Cooper was instructed by Susi Mowson and Christopher Studdert of TV Edwards Solicitors.


Coverage from the BBC is available here and from Computerworld here and from the Guardian here relating to the co-accused in Holland.

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