Max Whitehouse Sentenced after Online Gambling Attack

Max Whitehouse sentenced.

Online gambling site attacker, Max Whitehouse, has been given a 12-month sentence after causing £18,000 worth of damage. (Image: nottinghampost.com)

A British teenager who caused £18,000 worth of damage to an online gambling site has received a 12-month sentence.

Max Whitehouse, who is 19 and from Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottingham, carried out the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last year after announcing his plans via his mother’s Twitter account.

Cyber Attack Costs Site

Vowing to target a certain online gambling site (a site which hasn’t been named) in a Tweet, Whitehouse went on to disrupt the site’s operation so  much that it had to be taken offline a number of times.

The end result was a security clear up and refunds amounting to £18,000. Although the operator hasn’t been named in the police reports, partypoker, Betfair and 888poker have all suffered DDoS attacks in the past 12 months.

While none have openly stated that Whitehouse was the man suspected of carrying out the attacks, it’s quite possible one of the aforementioned operators as the victim.

After investigating the incident and tracking the cyber attack back to where Whitehouse was living, the youngster was arrested and his room searched.

In addition to confiscating Whitehouse’s computer, police also found a selection of weapons hidden in his room. Ranging from CS spray and a stun gun to a no less than eight knuckledusters, the haul would have been enough on its own to earn Whitehouse a six month custodial sentence.

Get Away from your Computer

However, it was his online actions that Nottingham judge Michael Stokes focused on when he sentenced Whitehouse late last week.

Despite hearing evidence that Whitehouse suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and was a “collector” of weapons, he felt it was necessary to impart some words of advice to the young man.

“You were, at the relevant time, extremely naïve. I am satisfied you had no intention whatsoever of selling or distributing any of those items,” said Stokes.

The judge went on to say that Whitehouse spent far too much time in front of his computer and that he should go outside and take up a sport such as rugby.

For carrying out the DDoS attack that caused an online gambling site to lose £18,000, Judge Stokes imposed a 12-month custodial sentence on Whitehouse.

However, because it was his first offense, the judge felt it would be “highly damaging” to put the youngster behind bars so the sentence was suspended for 12 months.

Whitehouse will now be free to continue life as normal; however, if he carries out another cybercrime he will almost certainly be incarcerated for a period of at least one year.

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