Here's the gist before the hunt started:
The object of Minecraft is to run around and build stuff, block by large pixelated block. That may sound simplistic and boring, but an impressive number of people positively adore this game – particularly pre-teen males.
Microsoft has sold more than a 100 million copies of Minecraft, and at any given time there are over a million people playing it online.
Players can build their own worlds, or visit a myriad other blocky realms by logging on to their favorite Minecraft server to play with friends.
A large, successful Minecraft server with more than a thousand players logging on each day can easily earn the server’s owners upwards of $50,000 per month, mainly from players renting space on the server to build their Minecraft worlds, and purchasing in-game items and special abilities.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top-earning Minecraft servers eventually attracted the attention of ne’er-do-wells and extortionists like the lelddos gang.
Lelddos would launch a huge DDoS attack against a Minecraft server, knowing that the targeted Minecraft server owner was likely losing thousands of dollars for each day his gaming channel remained offline.
Adding urgency to the ordeal, many of the targeted server’s loyal customers would soon find other Minecraft servers to patronize if they could not get their Minecraft fix at the usual online spot.
The author of that article spent months tracking down the hackers who struck his websites, and eventually identified them.
Read the rest of his article here.