back to article Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems

A 23-year-old Arizona man was thrown in the cooler this week after he admitted being the not-quite-infamous website-rattling "Bitcoin Baron". Randall Charles Tucker was given a 20-month sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of felony intentional damage to a protected computer. He had faced as …

  1. doublelayer Silver badge

    Not quite a master hacker, but still needs a harsh-ish term

    This guy may not be particularly dangerous, but anyone who deliberately attacks something in a way that harms emergency management needs to have that enforced. If the people running the system are right that operations were impacted, his little stunt could have caused real damage to many people's lives.

    Also, how painful would 36 months without a network connection be? On the bright side, I'd get to avoid those boring e-mails.

    1. Shadow Systems Silver badge

      Re: Not quite a master hacker, but still needs a harsh-ish term

      Nothing with a network connection would technicly include an ATM, so kiss goodbye your ability to take money out of your own account from anything/anywhere other than a branch office of your bank during bank hours from a Human teller.

      No email, no online shopping, no job resource access, no school resources that require you to go online to retrieve/interact with, no tv set top box/Netflix/Hulu/AmazonPrime/etc, no Youtube nor Porntube, no Wiki, no online mapping for directions, no online translations, no Alexa/Curtana/Siri/etc, nothing that requires "the cloud"...

      He's going to find his life *very* difficult without being able to access any device with an internet connection. All those IOT devices are right out, a SmartPhone is right out, & any "smart" device is something with which he can't make any use thereof.

      He is effectively screwed fifteen ways to next Saint Nuggin's Day.

      1. Ole Juul

        Re: Not quite a master hacker, but still needs a harsh-ish term

        "No email, no online shopping, no job resource access, no school resources that require you to go online to retrieve/interact with, no tv set top box/Netflix/Hulu/AmazonPrime/etc, no Youtube nor Porntube, no Wiki, no online mapping for directions, no online translations, no Alexa/Curtana/Siri/etc, nothing that requires "the cloud"... "

        Also, no phone. Since they took out much of the copper it's all VoIP even if it's not always obvious. So essentially he likely will have no 911 emergency capability either. That's harsh.

      2. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
        Childcatcher

        Re: Not quite a master hacker, but still needs a harsh-ish term

        All those IOT devices are right out...

        Soooo... silver lining?

  2. Claptrap314 Silver badge
    Big Brother

    She should have had the foresight to get married and have a kid

    Because we cannot separate children from their parents, right?

    Oh, that's only a right afforded to non-citizens. Silly me.

    1. John McCallum

      Re: She should have had the foresight to get married and have a kid

      WTF are you on about Claptrap314

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: She should have had the foresight to get married and have a kid

        Claptrap's comment is in reference to the ignorance being spewed by talking heads and unscrupulous media regarding illegal aliens having their children separated from them during immigration processing and enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. The procedure has been employed for decades but suddenly this week it's an outrage to some folks.

        As far as this hacker is concerned he's getting off pretty easily in my opinion considering compromising emergency services of any city can lead to and actually has led to deaths. Add extortion to the mix and he should be doing a minimum of 10 years behind bars or more. Hopefully the other cities will be able to add contiguous sentences to the first one.

        1. Casca

          Re: She should have had the foresight to get married and have a kid

          Ah, no. It is only under the moron trump that this has happened. Get your fucking facts right...

          But then again. trump supporters aren't the most stable or intelligent beings on the planet.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Promoted to the Big Boys Club House

    I wouldn't inflict the US prison system on my worst enemy.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Promoted to the Big Boys Club House

      I would.

      But then, that's how evil I am...

  4. I3N
    Devil

    This should be easy

    Pls

    Down vote if you can honestly say you've ever been to Chandler or Mesa.

    Up vote if you'd ever want to go back!

  5. VanguardG

    "I'm too smart and too good at what I do for old guys to catch me!" - said every 20-something ever. Wannabe hacker: 0. Old guys: 1.

    Kind of a shame though...these days its hard to even search for somewhere to live without going online...half the time you want to lease a place and they direct you to their online website to fill out the forms. Looking for a job - also way harder. Looking for one with limited experience, and zero experience in over a year and a half...with a criminal record *and* this set of restrictions...he can't even work at a fast-food place because the cash registers are networked. Not that he should be handling credit cards or cash - extortionists aren't the most trustworthy types even when they're incompetent and unsuccesful.

  6. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    What's the chances the "supervised release" will require an internet connection to contact the supervision authority?

  7. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Combined or separate?

    The story has me wondering if the city's internet/servers are all combined. I would have mission critical things such as the 911 system separate from the servers that have the city website and services. The same would go for police and fire dispatch/data services. If it only takes an attack on one location to completely mangle everything, it's not a good design.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Combined or separate?

      It's local government isn't it? No corner left uncut.

  8. RobertsonCR7
    Angel

    well what would he expect to achieve.. he got what he was coding for....

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