A Belgium hacker has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for past cyber crimes including throwing Molotov cocktail and launching DDoS attacks.
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The defendant named Brecht S. is a 35-year-old man from the Roeselare city in Belgium. Brecht was initially arrested in 2014 after throwing a Molotov cocktail at the Crelan Bank office in Rumbeke.
Brecht launched DDoS attacks against Crelan's e-banking portal, causing service outages and disruptions on several occasions. Brecht acknowledged the attack in the court and stated that he launched the attack as a revenge for his mother’s financial losses worth €300,000 ($342,000).
The hacker was also an active member of the Anonymous Belgium and Cyber Crew hacking groups, launching attacks aimed at FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association).
He has also launched DDoS attacks against a pizza outlet, bringing down the restaurant’s website several times and demanding a ransom payment to stop the attacks.
The investigation also revealed that Brecht has exchanged hacking tools via Facebook with a co-conspirator from Bruges. Both the hackers together have involved in many other cyber-attacks.