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access_time October 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Kid hacks government websites for video games

Kid hacks websites for games.

Kid hacks websites for games.

Recently, a Canadian 12-year-old boy appeared in court. He had been busted for hacking several local and international government websites, and then handing over the information to the group Anonymous. His payment for doing this? Video games.

The Toronto Sun (via Kotaku), which originally reported this, listed some of the sites this kid hacked. These include the Quebec Institute of Public Health, the Chilean government’s website, and the website of the Montreal Police. It is estimated that the boy did around $60,000 worth of damage.

The boy was part of a group that was arrested for the attacks, and it is claimed that he utilized three different strategies. In addition to the standard DDoS attack, he infiltrated the servers themselves, and finally, edited the information displayed as a site’s home page.

His defense claims that there were no political motivations behind the actions, while the prosecutors allege that he both played a pivotal role in the hacks as well as taught others how to copy his actions.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the kid’s case.

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