A Georgia man has admitted in court to employing a third-party to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
The man, Tucker Preston, 22, of Macon, Georgia, was charged with one count of damaging protected computers by transmission of a program, code or command.
Preston is the co-founder of BackConnect Security LLC, a company that provides protection against large-scale DDoS attacks.
He pled guilty to engaging with a DDoS-for-hire service to target a company that maintained servers in New Jersey, the United States Department of Justice announced.
During a DDoS attack, a large volume of web traffic is directed toward a victim’s resources, such as a server or another computer system, to either slow it down or completely take it offline.
According to court documents, in or around December 2015, Preston asked the DDoS-for-hire service to initiate attacks against the victim company, which disrupted the company’s business and caused damage.
Preston pled guilty to one count punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He is scheduled for sentencing on May 7, 2020.
The non-profit apparently considered working with BackConnect, but started experiencing DDoS attacks after informing the company that it would contract a different entity for DDoS protection.