Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts | 8/15/2019 | Staff
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A young man who DoSed two British police forces' websites has been sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders' institution.

Liam Reece Watts was jailed at Chester Crown Court earlier this week after DoSing Cheshire Police and Greater Manchester Police's public-facing websites as revenge for being convicted of carrying out a bomb hoax just days after the Manchester Arena mass murder.

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Both forces' websites went down for around a day during each denial-of-service attack.

Watts, who was 19 at the time of his misdeeds, was caught after directly taunting police through Twitter using the handle Synic. Cheshire Police traced his account and arrested him at home on 26 March and Watts pleaded guilty a month later to two charges under the Computer Misuse Act.

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One of his tweets reportedly said: "@Cheshirepolice want to send me to prison for a bomb hoax I never did, here you f****** go, here is what I'm guilty of."

A SYN flood is a type of DoS attack that consists of overloading a target server by bombarding it with SYN requests. Watts' Twitter alias may have been a reference to this mischief.

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CPS prosecutor Chris Taylor told Judge Patrick Thompson at Watts' sentencing hearing on Monday that the perpetrator had also been convicted...
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