Back in 2010, a “World of Warcraft” player used repeated DDoS attacks on Blizzard’s EU servers causing them to crash. The FBI investigated the matter and discovered the currently 38 year old Calin Mateias to be behind the attacks. Mateias, a Romanian player, apparently had some disputes with his fellow guild members over the distribution of raid loots and decided to prevent them from playing by DDoSing Blizzard.
Despite occurring in 2008, Mateias was indicted in 2011 and was just recently extradited from Romania last November. He plead guilty earlier this year in February to “one count of intentional damage to a protected computer.” In addition to being sentenced to one year in a federal prison, Mateias was also ordered to pay $29,987 in restitution to Blizzard Entertainment to cover the costs of defending against his attacks. NBC Los Angeles has reported that he has in fact already repaid this amount in full as of last month.
This story is definitely one of the most intense examples of e-rage that I have heard of in recent times. The only one that can compare to this is that swatting incident in December last year. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, essentially what happened was there was a bit of a feud between two Call of Duty players. In the end, one person wound up dead as a result of the swatting who had nothing to do with the two feuding players.
Glad to see people who do ridiculous things because of e-rage getting the appropriate punishment. It’s been a long time coming.
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