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A man who helped orchestrate attacks on several gaming platforms, then abruptly disappeared in 2014, pleaded guilty in a California court yesterday. Utah resident Austin Thompson admitted to being a member of the hacking group DerpTrolling, which carried out a series of high-profile denial-of-service attacks in late 2013 as part of a campaign against Twitch streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga. Thompson was charged with causing “damage to a protected computer,” which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison; he will be sentenced in March 2019. DerpTrolling rose to prominence in December 2013 when it attacked a series of game networks, briefly overloading the servers for League of Legends, Dota 2, and Blizzard’s Battle.net platform.... Continue reading…