Twenty-two-year-old Yanni Ouahioune was just lately sentenced in France to 3 years of group service for calling in a pretend hostage scenario in 2020, also referred to as swatting, on the Ubisoft Montreal places of work, in addition to initiating DDoS assaults towards a French authorities workplace and making threats towards Minecraft maker Mojang, in response to Montreal Gazette.
Ouahioune was allegedly upset about having been banned from Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege greater than 80 instances for dishonest. He was named as a suspect within the case in April of 2021, Montreal outlet La Presse reported on the time.
Ouahioune routed his calls via Russian servers to keep away from detection, Montreal Gazette reviews. After his calls, Ubisoft Montreal’s places of work had been swarmed by police, whereas staff within the constructing barricaded themselves in places of work or fled to the constructing’s roof. Oahioune had beforehand issued a imprecise menace of “cheats of hell” to Ubisoft on his YouTube channel, utilizing an obvious paid actor to learn the menace.
Throughout his sentence, Ouahioune shall be required to get psychological well being therapy, work or be educated for work, and compensate the victims of his swatting.
The FBI just lately launched a nationwide “swatting” database to fight the damaging prank pattern, which the bureau says has been on the rise this yr.
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