Have you ever heard/experienced an angry guy on a Minecraft server? Then later he DDOSES THE SERVER! If you don't know what a "DDoS" attack is, it is when a website or any kind of server is flooded with requests, causing it to crash. DDoSing is when multiple IP (Internet protocol) addressed are used for the attack.
DDoSing is considered a felony in many countries, in the US, the penalty can be years of arrest. If it is in the European Union, the minimum penalty is arrest.
Since Minecraft servers are, well, servers. They can be DDoSed. Also, like other DDoS attacks, it is illegal. Unfortunately, I doubt that the police will arrest someone for shutting down a Minecraft server. I have heard rumours on the Minecraft Forums that a person who lived in Canada that DDoSed a Minecraft server had their computer confiscated for 2 years by the authorities.
YouTuber LeafyIsHere had a Minecraft ParaPvP server that apparently got DDoSed by an unsatisfied player.
If someone DDoSes a Minecraft server. It can make players not want to go to the server, it can make it hard to put the server back up. It should, end up in arrest for the person who DDoSes the server.
I have a question for you: Should Minecraft server DDoSes be treated the same as normal ones? Vote here!