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A Utah resident named Austin Thompson has pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego for performing DDoS attacks against multiple victims from 2013 to 2014. These victims ranged from small Twitch streamers to major gaming companies such as EA, Sony, and Microsoft.
A DDoS attack, or Distributed Denial of Service attack, is when a large amount of traffic is sent to a server from many locations at once. If the traffic is large enough, it can cause the servers to go offline due to the attack filling up available bandwidth, processing power, or web server connections.
Between 2013 and 2014 a Twitter user going by the handle @DerpTrolling would announce on Twitter that they were about to perform an attack on
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