Briton who knocked Liberia offline with cyber attack jailed

Daniel Kaye was hired to attack telecommunications company Lonestar

(BBC News) – A British cyber-criminal who carried out an attack so powerful it knocked a nation offline has been jailed.

Daniel Kaye admitted attacking an African phone company – inadvertently crashing Liberia’s internet – in 2016.

The 30-year-old remains at the heart of a major international investigation into hundreds of acts of cyber sabotage around the world.

The National Crime Agency says Kaye is perhaps the most significant cyber criminal yet caught in the UK.

Jailing Kaye for 32 months at Blackfriars Crown Court in London, Judge Alexander Milne QC said Kaye had committed a “cynical” financial crime.

He added: “Paradoxically, what is urged on your behalf is that you are an intelligent young man who knows what your powers can do.

“But that makes it all the more worrying that you used your abilities to carry out this attack.”

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