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Sentencing success for Keith Woods client

Keith Wood along with Jonathan Green and Ryan Thompson of Drystone Chambers recently concluded the defence case at Blackfriars Crown Court on behalf of a British hacker who admitted being paid to disrupt a Liberian phone network. Daniel Kaye admitted attacking the phone company and in doing so inadvertently crashing Liberia's internet in 2016. The NCA maintain he 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.

Kaye adapted a botnet, called Mirai#14 whose purpose was to trigger a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

This was a highly complex Hi tech case involving evidence from several jurisdictions and raised a number of complex legal principles. Mr Kaye had been extradited here from Germany and faced a number of extremely serious allegations including using Mirai 14 to launch Ddos attacks on UK High Street Banks. Our extensive work however proved that kaye was not responsible for these attacks and so managed to ensure that these very serious charges were not prosecuted even though this was the original target of the NCA operation.

Kaye was sentenced to 32 months for unauthorised acts in relation to a computer under the Computer Misuse Act. He also received 12 months for a charge of making an article for use in the commission of an offence under the same act, and 12 months for possessing criminal property. The judge ruled that the sentences would be served concurrently.

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