A 20 year-old already imprisoned for a series of computer-related crimes has been charged with launching separate DDoS attacks on Kent Police and Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
After an investigation by Kent Police, Lewys Martin has been charged with 17 counts of computer misuse, including the intriguing one of failing to provide the passwords to encrypted storage devices.
The accusations are the latest in a long list levelled at Martin. Earlier this year he was sentenced to an 18-month jail term for posting a bogus Call of Duty patch that was actually a data-stealing Trojan.
Police found details of 300 credit cards in his possession as well as evidence that he’d taken out a fraudulent loan using an assumed identity. Police believed he sold card data to foreign criminals for between $1 and $5.
In an extraordinary twist, while on bail for the Trojan offence, he was caught attempting to steal computer and projector equipment from Walmer Science College in Deal, Kent. He was also reported to have committed other burglaries, including one on a separate college.
Police haven’t yet revealed when the DDoS attacks in question took place but Martin will appear at Maidstone Magistrates Court next month to answer the new charges.