Police: DDoS Provider Targeted Google, Pokemon, Skype

A 21-year-old man appeared in British court this week to face charges related to a number of cybercrime offenses, including helping to disrupt high-profile websites.

Alex Bessell, from Liverpool, England, was accused of earning more than $700,000 (£530,000) since 2011 by selling malware as well as “crypters” that are designed to repack malware to better evade anti-virus software scanners.

Bessell has also been accused of infecting and controlling more than 9,000 “zombie” PCs and using them them “to orchestrate distributed denial-of-service attacks on firms like Skype, Pokemon and Google in an attempt to crash their online operations,” according to police.

After he appeared in court on Monday, a judge ruled that Bessell’s case would be transferred to crown court, where he’s due to appear later this month. In England, most cases begin in magistrates’ court, but more serious cases often get transferred to crown court.

Source: Healthcare Info Security