A man who hacked Sony Online Entertainment and other gaming companies will be doing 27 months in federal prison.
Austin Thompson, 23, of Utah received the 27-month sentence Tuesday in federal court in San Diego.
Prosecutors said Thompson carried out a series of distributed denial-of-service computer attacks against Sony and other targets in 2013 and 2014.
The attacks flood computer servers with traffic, making them impossible to access and forcing technicians to take them offline for hours. Thompson was ordered to pay $95,000 to cover damages to Sony Online, which was based in San Diego at the time and is now called Daybreak Games.
In a plea agreement, Thompson said he would unveil there was going to be an attack on the Twitter account “DerpTrolling.” After the announcement, he would then carry out the attack.