Coquitlam 'spam-botter', 20, sentenced for cyberattack

A 20-year-old Coquitlam man pleaded guilty today to “spam-botting” an Amazon subsidiary.

A 20-year-old Coquitlam man pleaded guilty today to “spam-botting” an Amazon subsidiary.

Brandan Lukas Apple received a four-month conditional sentence order — allowing him to serve the sentence outside of prison — for mischief, an offence he admitted before a Port Coquitlam provincial court judge Tuesday morning.

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Apple flooded Twitch Interactive Inc. with thousands of computer messages that shut down more than 1,000 of its broadcast channels with some 150,000 abusive messages, according to court documents.

Apple created the cyberattack against Twitch between February and May 2017, which in turn prompted the company to file a civil lawsuit last year against service providers Shaw, Paypal Holdings, Cloudflare, WhoisPrivacy Corp. and WhoisGuard Inc.

A Supreme Court judge has also banned Apple from creating, selling or promoting "any robot, bot, crawler, spider, blacklisting software or other software" aimed at the company’s websites.

jcleugh@tricitynews.com
 

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