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12-year old boy admits hacking government sites for Anonymous

12-year old boy admits hacking government sites for Anonymous

Unknown individuals wearing Anonymous masks.

A 12-year old boy from Montreal, Canada has pleaded guilty to hacking into government websites in the name of hacker collective, Anonymous.

The report in the Toronto Sun says the boy's motives were not political but rather he handed information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

The sites hijacked include those for the Montreal police, the Chilean government, the Quebec Institue of Public Helth as well as some other non-public sites.

Police estimate the damage to the sites totals $60,000, with a more detailed report set to be produced in court when the boy is sentenced next month.

The boy, whose name can't be published, is said to have started using computers around the age of nine, and would only have been 11 at the time of the hacking, during the student uprising in spring 2012.

He used a variety of attacks included denial of service, defacing the homepage and data mining from the site's database.

"He saw it as a challenge, he was only 12 years old," his lawyer said. "There was no political purpose."

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mclean007 27th October 2013, 11:31 Quote
I know he's a naughty boy, but this is hilarious. Government websites hacked by an 11 year old kid.
damien c 27th October 2013, 11:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
I know he's a naughty boy, but this is hilarious. Government websites hacked by an 11 year old kid.

I just thought the same thing!
Cthippo 27th October 2013, 11:40 Quote
Someone has a bright future in computer science ahead of him!
SAimNE 27th October 2013, 11:48 Quote
i dub him "zero cool" and laugh along with the 5 other people who will get this reference
jcb121 27th October 2013, 11:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
i dub him "zero cool" and laugh along with the 5 other people who will get this reference

I'm about 90% sure the kid must be called "Dade"
Nexxo 27th October 2013, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
i dub him "zero cool" and laugh along with the 5 other people who will get this reference

On this forum everybody will get the reference.
Panomama 27th October 2013, 12:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
On this forum everybody will get the reference.

confused.com
Evolutionsic 27th October 2013, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panomama
confused.com

+1
jcb121 27th October 2013, 12:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evolutionsic
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Originally Posted by Panomama
confused.com

+1

it has something to do with hackers.
Woodspoon 27th October 2013, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
i dub him "zero cool" and laugh along with the 5 other people who will get this reference
+1
Now awaiting the appearance of Acid Burn :)
DarkFear 27th October 2013, 12:46 Quote
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he handed information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

This might just be me, but am I the only one thinking that someone who's intelligent enough to hack government websites should at least be intelligent enough to figure out how to use a bloody torrent client? :|
Unicorn 27th October 2013, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panomama
confused.com
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Originally Posted by Evolutionsic
+1

Out. Now
SAimNE 27th October 2013, 13:15 Quote
after seeing these responses i think i just discovered my homeland T-T
Panomama 27th October 2013, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unicorn
Out. Now

Crying
siliconfanatic 27th October 2013, 13:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkFear
This might just be me, but am I the only one thinking that someone who's intelligent enough to hack government websites should at least be intelligent enough to figure out how to use a bloody torrent client? :|
+1
Anybody smart enough to hack a government website should at least have SOME form of common sense, surely? Oh wait, this is the human race, there's no such thing
sixfootsideburns 27th October 2013, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkFear
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he handed information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

This might just be me, but am I the only one thinking that someone who's intelligent enough to hack government websites should at least be intelligent enough to figure out how to use a bloody torrent client? :|

Well downloading torrents is illegal without prior ownership, and hacking govern.. ment... hmmm.

I just remembered I have to see a guy about a horse.
Big_malc 27th October 2013, 15:48 Quote
Glix 27th October 2013, 16:23 Quote
I think you guys are assuming too much as to opposed to what actually happened.

/script kiddies (no pun intended)
Unicorn 27th October 2013, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panomama
Crying

Have you really not seen it?
SchizoFrog 27th October 2013, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkFear
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he handed information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

This might just be me, but am I the only one thinking that someone who's intelligent enough to hack government websites should at least be intelligent enough to figure out how to use a bloody torrent client? :|

As far as I know you can't play cracked games online... Maybe that was his reason?
PingCrosby 27th October 2013, 18:06 Quote
Wonder what he found, their dodgy expense claims? who THEY were spying on perhaps
FIBRE+ 27th October 2013, 19:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glix
I think you guys are assuming too much as to opposed to what actually happened.

/script kiddies (no pun intended)

Should make it all the more embarrassing for all these organisations that if someone wants to do it and has the tools and a bit of knowledge they can.

I don't have a clue about denial of service or any hacking, if an IP is spamming a site for requests x amount of times why isn't that IP blocked or "deflected" to another server that takes the hit instead. It all seems too easy if your willing to do it.

Edit: I got the Hackers film reference, first thing that popped into my head after reading the title was the court scene in this clip.... http://youtu.be/oq11Byh5xvc?t=19s
mucgoo 27th October 2013, 23:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkFear
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he handed information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

This might just be me, but am I the only one thinking that someone who's intelligent enough to hack government websites should at least be intelligent enough to figure out how to use a bloody torrent client? :|
Doesn't let you into multiplayer servers.
Dave Lister 27th October 2013, 23:14 Quote
I wouldn't call low orbit ion cannon attacks hacking and that's an anons main weapon for ddos. This is just another example of a government using strong words like hacking so they can inflict harsher (more expensive) punishments.
And he caused $60k worth of damage did he ? gobshite I saw nothing mentioned about him smashing up the 'hacked' computers afterwards. This is just another play on words to ensure he gets a nice harsh punishment.

Anyway good luck to the kid, he surely has a great career ahead of him in I.T if he isn't locked up for this stuff.
BentAnat 28th October 2013, 05:01 Quote
This did make me cackle for a few reasons.
1) an 11 year old Hacking a website. I am not calling BS here, but "hacking" may be a long shot
2) LOL - "Hacking"
3) "OK, Kid - you're chilling with anon now. Do as we ask, and we give you downloaded video games. " - seems legit, Mr Judge, Your Honour.
Star*Dagger 28th October 2013, 05:41 Quote
Good kid, we need more like him!
Snips 28th October 2013, 09:26 Quote
Is it worrying that he's an 11 year old kid that they've found as the one behind the attacks or is it more worrying that an 11 year old kid knew what to do?
jb0 28th October 2013, 09:37 Quote
I think we're all ignoring the more important, and suspiciously absent, details of this case.
What games did he receive?!?
G0UDG 28th October 2013, 09:55 Quote
@ Siliconfanatic: Whats Common sense lol, well done that lad
PaulC2K 28th October 2013, 13:23 Quote
How on earth could he cause $60k of damage? There should be backups of all the data, whether its the defaced site or the database, if there isnt then thats inept management.
The only thing i could think of which would explain $60,000 is a couple hours of restoring backups and the rest being network security upgrades to remove their vulnerabilities. The kid didnt cause those vulnerabilities though, he just identified them and took advantage. So it might cost the state or companies $60k to find him and make the sites as secure as they probably should have been to begin with, but the kid surely didnt do $60k worth of damage through his activities.
rollo 28th October 2013, 14:09 Quote
Where can I recruit him please. If 11 year has this level of skill he has a nice career in front of him.

Depending on country hes under the legal age.
Gradius 28th October 2013, 16:11 Quote
This only shows how incompentent those @ Government trully are.
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