Friday, October 25, 2013
12-Year-Old Canadian admits hacking Government and Police websites - #Anonymous
A 12-year-old boy from Montreal, Canada, has admitted hacking government and police websites as part of an Anonymous operation that took place in 2012.
He is said to have hacked several commercial websites, the one of the Quebec Institute of Public Health, the one of the Montreal police, and the site of a government organization from Chile. The damage he caused has been estimated at around $60,000 (€41,700).
The young hacker, who hasn’t been named, is a grade 5 student. He has been passionate about computers since he was nine years old.
His actions were not politically motivated. Instead, he provided information to Anonymous hacktivists in return for video games, the Toronto Sun reported.
Authorities say he launched distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, defaced websites, and leaked data from their servers.
He has pleaded guilty to three hacking-related charges. Others were also arrested in relation to the Anonymous attacks. However, the 12-year-old is said to be the one that helped the others penetrate the websites.