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Three US hackers took out key parts of the internet in 2016 because they wanted to make money on Minecraft

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Minecraft lets players build items and worlds with cartoonish blocks.

Three US college-age hackers pleaded guilty to creating the Mirai botnet, which took out critical parts of the internet in 2016 through distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The attacks affected Spotify, Twitter, Reddit, and well-known security journalist Brian Krebs.

Three US hackers have pleaded guilty to creating the Mirai botnet, which took out some of the internet's biggest sites last year including Reddit, Spotify, and Twitter through distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

According to a Wired investigation, the college-age Paras Jha, Josiah White, and Dalton Norman originally created the botnet to gain an advantage on Minecraft.

"Mirai was originally developed to help them corner the Minecraft market, but then they realized what a powerful tool they built," one FBI investigator told the publication.

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