A British hacker has been jailed for two and half years on charges of carrying out a cyber attack and unintentionally knocking out internet across Liberia.
Cellcom a telecom company hired Daniel Kaye back in 2015 – the hacker in a bid to launch a series of cyber attacks to weaken the network of rival firm Lonestar, an internet and phone service provider in Liberia. The hacker was paid £30,000 by the company for his services between October 2016 and February 2017.
According to Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the attack was able to disrupt the Liberian firm’s computer network and took them tens of millions of dollars to tackle the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on their computer network.
The hacker executed his plan by adopting a powerful computer virus into a botnet, turning thousands of devices connected to the internet into zombies. The impact of this attack back in 2016 was such that it disabled internet connections across Liberia. This was the first time in the history of Liberia where a hacker single-handedly managed to disable the entire nations internet access.
These attacks were carried out by the hacker from Cyprus where he resided during that time. A European arrest warrant was issued for Kaye and he was later arrested in 2017 by the NCA officers when he returned to the UK. Kaye was also interrogated by the NCA German counterpart the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA).
Judge Alexander Hugh Milne QC said Kaye has pursued a large scale unlawful attack on Lonestars computer systems.
He further added “You were paid by a rival company to disrupt and undermine the legitimate business of Lonestar. The attacks were a cynical and financially-driven attack upon a legitimate business enterprise”.
According to Mike Hulett of the NCA – “Daniel Kaye was operating as a highly skilled and capable hacker-for-hire. His activities inflicted substantial damage on numerous businesses in countries around the world, demonstrating the borderless nature of cybercrime.”
It was the combined efforts of Investigators from Britain, Germany, and Cyprus who managed to jail Kaye. Kaye was seen weeping during his sentence hearing on Friday.
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