A 24-year old German hacker Maik D., also known as ZZboot, was reportedly given a light sentence last month of one year and ten months of probation for launching DDoS attacks on various German and UK firms including eBay.de, DHL.de, billiger.de, hood.de, rakuten.de, DPD.de, EIS.de, ESL.eu.
A security consultant in real life, Maik would regularly criticize the poor security practices of companies via Twitter and claim that he launches the attacks to hunt for vulnerabilities. However, he was also caught extorting these companies, promising to stop the attacks in exchange for Bitcoin.
Maik was also found to be connected to another DDoS extortion team named XMR Squad, according to a report by DDoS protection company Link11.
Source: Bleeping Computer