Grant Manser (20) was just only 16 years old when he designed programs and sold them on the dark web, which helped cyber criminals to crash 224,000 websites all around the world. Court heard that the young teen designed a ”stresser” software, which worked by bombarding websites, servers and email addresses with so much information that they crashed. Manser did this all from his bedroom in Midland and sold the programs for prices ranging between £4.99 and £20 on the dark web. The victims of the attacks include companies, schools, colleges as well as government departments.
Manser pleaded guilty to six charges under the Computer Misuse Act and four under the Serious Crime Act. Judge Nicholas Cole sentenced the young teen to two years in youth detention and suspended him for 18 months with the requirement to perform 100 hours unpaid work and also pay £800 costs. He was spared from jail after Judge Cole accepted the fact that Manser only did the crimes for financial gain and was “young and naive”. Birmingham Crown Court also heard that the now 20-year-old’s scheme was operated in a four-year period between January 2012 and November 2014.
Manser was arrested in November 2014