Bad OpSec led to the downfall of teenage DDoS-for-hire group leader
Bad OpSec has led to the downfall of many, including braggarts in DDoS-for-hire groups. Both security journalist Brian Krebs and ProtonMail aided law enforcement which led to the arrest of a teenager who was the head of a hacking crew.
Last week, the UK National Crime Agency arrested George Duke-Cohan, leader of the DDoS-launching hacking group Apophis Squad. Duke-Cohan was known online as “optcz1”, “7R1D3N7” and “DoubleParallax.” The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to three count of making false bomb threats which caused the evacuation of 400 schools and the grounding of a United Airlines flight.