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5/18/2018
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New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges

Using DDoS for hire services and possessing firearms as a felon combine to land a New Mexico man 15 years in federal prison.

Using DDoS for hire is a losing strategy…especially if you get caught. That's the lesson a New Mexico man is learning at the hands of a federal judge in Minnesota. John Kelsey Gammell was sentenced to serve 180 months in prison by US District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright after he pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to one count of conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

According to statements made as part of his guilty plea, Gammell conducted DDoS attacks on dozens of websites, including websites operated by companies he used to work for, companies that declined to hire him, competitors of his business, and websites for law enforcement agencies and courts.

Gammell used both his own computers and DDoS for hire services, including VDoS, CStress, Inboot, Booter.xyz, and IPStresser to launch the attacks. He then tried to hide his involvement with a variety of tactics, from spoofing IP addresses and using cryptocurrency to pay for the services to encrypting and scrubbing hard disks on his personal computers.

A hearing on restitution to the victims will be held at a later date.

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jabeatty
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jabeatty,
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5/21/2018 | 8:57:17 AM
Re: New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges
This post is one of several on the various tech boards that appear to have the intent of finding this to be a "victory" of sorts against DDoSers. There's a "this bad guy finally got the punishment he deserved" element to the tale.

Unfortunately, that might not be the case. This guy's a repeat felon with en existing firearms possession as a felon conviction that he did federal time for. He was facing the possibility of 15 years to life for the firearms charges alone - to get a 15-year maximum sentence for those charges and have the DDoS charge resolved as well is a gift, not the major deterrent to the crime that some folks might think it is.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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5/21/2018 | 8:46:32 AM
Perspective
It seems like if he put that much effort into non-nefarious practices he probably would have been able to secure some of those positions he had been declined from.
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