Merseyside man faces jail for 2013 DDoS attacks

Ian Sullivan, a 51-year-old man from Bootle in Merseyside, is facing jail time after he admitted to carrying out distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against up to 300 websites in 2013.

In an advisory posted earlier today, the National Crime Agency (NCA) today said that these targets include the websites of social services, social housing, crime prevention services and multinational banks, although it added that no sensitive data was stolen. This, said the NCA, was because “DDoS is not a form of hacking and does not typically enable the attacker to access systems.”

Sullivan was apprehended after a joint operation by the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit and TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit. Investigators linked the DDoS activity to a Twitter handle which had referenced the attacks.

Officers from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), part of which was later merged into the National Cyber Crime Unit, arrested Sullivan on 29 July 2013. He is due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 1 May 2015.