A computer hacker has been warned by a judge that he could face jail after admitting a series of cyber crime offences including online attacks on Skype, Google and Pokemon.
Alex Bessell admitted nine offences in all, including pleading guilty to receiving £50,000 from the proceeds of a website he set up to sell malware and botnets to others.
The 21-year-old was at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, appearing in a blue coat, jeans and trainers, to enter pleas after initially being arrested in September and later charged.
He admitted carrying out two distributed denial of service attacks between August 2011 and November 2013, by taking over computers in order to crash the targets’ online operations.
Bessell, of Allington Street, Aigburth, Liverpool, also admitted gaining unauthorised access to data with intent to facilitate fraud by obtaining 750 usernames and passwords.
He also pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to build the Galaxy JDB hacking tool, and supplying it to others for use.
Bessell also admitted entering into a money-laundering agreement between 2012 and 2013, knowing it would facilitate the gain of criminal property.
He entered guilty pleas to setting up an escrow service website for selling botnet software and malware, and of having made thousands of pounds in illegal sales on that site between May 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016.
Bessell also admitted one further charge of conspiracy to supply an “industrial crypto-tool” for hacking.
The judge told Bessell, who was given bail, that he would be sentenced on January 5.
Judge Roderick Henderson said: “As you’ve heard I am going to put off your case for sentencing.
“You’ve faced-up to what you have done, though it’s no guarantee how a judge will deal with you next time.
“Don’t think because of me giving you bail, however, it is a done deal.
“That judge may decide you need to go to prison for this – but it’s entirely up to them.”