Four years ago, Adam Mudd, a 16-year old British boy, worked on a computer in his bedroom behind prying eyes. He didn't indulge in online gaming or chat forums, but was quietly creating a DDoS software- a potent cyber-crime weapon which if used, can destroy communication servers and gain unauthorised access to a lot of things.
He named it the Titanium Stresser. Over the course of the next couple of years, the software earned him close to £400,000 in bitcoins and cash. Not only did he sell the technology to cyber criminals, but also used it himself, launching as many as 600 DDoS attacks on 181 victims, including his college whose server he crashed several times. Titanium Stresser was also used extensively on 650,000 users by those who bought it from him, including on Xbox Live and Runescape users, culminating to a total of 1.7 million hacking attempts.