US authorities charged Michaela Gabriella King, 18, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania with launching multiple DDoS attacks against Franklin Regional High School, the school she was attending.
According to investigators, King used the BetaBooter DDoS stressor to launch DDoS attacks on her's school's network, from her home computer, her mobile phone, but most of the time from computers at school.
According to school officials, the attacks started on October 31, and each one disrupted the school's network from 10 to 45 minutes.
Because the school's network was hosted on the server infrastructure of the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit, a regional educational service agency, other school districts and agencies were also affected.
This includes the network of the Westmoreland County government, the Catholic diocese of Greensburg, and more than a dozen of school districts that include Derry Area, Greater Latrobe, Greensburg Salem, Ligonier Valley, Kiski Area, Jeannette, Burrell, Monessen, Greensburg Central Catholic, and Hempfield Area.
Following the attacks, the school's supervisor of technology notified authorities, who investigated the case and eventually tracked down the attack to King. Police seized eight personal computers, tablets, laptops, and King's smartphone from her residence.
The 18-year-old student admitted to using her PayPal account to pay for membership on the BetaBooter service.
Read more here: www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/18-year-old-computer-genius-charged-with-launching-ddos-attacks/