Tucker Preston Admits Engaging In DDoS
Attacks Against Company
January 21, 2020
A Georgia man admitted his role in
initiating a cyberattack known as a
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) against
a company that maintained servers in New
Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito
Tucker Preston, 22, of Macon, Georgia,
pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge
William J. Martini in Newark federal court
to an information charging him with one
count of damaging protected computers by
transmission of a program, code or command.
According to documents filed in this case
and statements made in court:
DDoS is a type of cyberattack that
purposefully directs such a large volume of
superfluous traffic to a victim’s web server
or other computer system that it can slow or
shut down service. In or around December
2015, Preston arranged for an entity that
engages in DDoS attacks to initiate attacks
against a company. The entity directed DDoS
attacks against the victim company, causing
damage and disrupting the victim’s business.
count to which Preston pleaded guilty is
punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years
in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or
twice the gross gain or loss from the
offense. Sentencing is scheduled for May 7,
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special
agents of the FBI, under the direction of
Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in
Newark, with the investigation leading to
today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant
U.S. Attorney David E. Malagold of the U.S.
Attorney’s Office Criminal Division.
Defense counsel: Ijeoma Eke Esq., Assistant
Federal Public Defender, Newark.