12 year old Anonymous hacker pleads guilty to DDOS attack

A 12 year old boy has pleaded guilty to three counts of hacking in a Canadian court on Thursday.

The fifth grader, who was 11 at the time of the offences, aided Anonymous in DDOS attacks against government sites during the 2012 Quebec student protests.

The boy contributed to the crashing of sites and acquired user and administrator information from database servers. He is also accused of defacing the front page of websites.

The Toronto Sun reports one of the hacked sites was down for two days, causing over $60,000 in damage. A report is expected to detail the extent of the attacks on targets such as Montreal Police and the Chilean government next month. It is reported hackivist group Anonymous exchanged his hacking skills for video games.

"It's easy to hack but do not go there too much, they will track you down," the Primary school student said.

The 12 year old was among the several hackers arrested over the Anonymous protest. His lawyer says he saw it as a challenge and that “there was no political purpose.” The fifth grader is to be sentenced next month.

Source: Toronto Sun | Image via News.com.au

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Guys i actually came off a side joke, Didn't mean actually KILL HIM lol!! come on I meant it as in laws should be in place to stop him from ever doing something like that anymore, a game i used to play, LIVE FOR SPEED, was attacked by several DDOS hackers, ruined it for loads of us,

Dade Murphy! I hereby fine your family $45,000... I sentence you to probation, for which you are forbideen to own or operate a computer or touch tone telephone, till the day of your 18th birthday!!!

Sound Familiar?

The boy should get a hard kick to his behind for doing such a thing. If he was bored he can do other things like play outside.
@ Orange
Killing someone for doing that kind of thing shouldn't be killed. He should be punished in a humane way. He didn't kill any1.

Personally anyone doing DDOS attacking should be SHOT on site. Annoying that it is, i think they need some proper law that stops them from even touching a pc again!

Orange said,
Personally anyone doing DDOS attacking should be SHOT on site. Annoying that it is, i think they need some proper law that stops them from even touching a pc again!

Slaughtering young lives for causing the inability to remotely access a server? Come on.

Orange said,
Personally anyone doing DDOS attacking should be SHOT on site. Annoying that it is, i think they need some proper law that stops them from even touching a pc again!

You never done anything annoying?

I'm assuming you never used a lagger in AOL chatrooms?

Dinggus said,

I'm assuming you never used a lagger in AOL chatrooms?

Would it surprise you to know that most people haven't?

rfirth said,

Would it surprise you to know that most people haven't?

It was an example, you haven't done anything annoying?

yekGLzhQ4Qju1FtAVcC4 said,
Script kiddie.


love how everyone says this BUT no proof if he was or was not ... sounds like people are jealous that a 12 year old could know more about PC and the internets than them.

Who cares if he is, he has hacked bigger fry than you and clearly has bigger balls even at his age.

Hacking is not about finding the hardest way. The best hacks are the simple quick ones. Sometimes a simple phone call (Phone Freaking) is enough to get what you want.

All that counts is the result and this kid got the results he wanted.

Okay, first Gizmodo says he was in Middle School.
Now Neowin says he was in Primary School.
For me, Primary School was Kindergarten through 2nd grade, while Middle School was 7th & 8th grade.

Shouldn't he be in Elementary School? I heard he was a 5th grader.

Here in jolly ole' England, primary school is for children aged 5 -11.
Secondary school is for children aged 12 - 16 (and 17 - 18 year olds if they stay)

Spicoli said,
It's only "easy to hack" because he doesn't know what that means. A DDOS attack is not hacking. Why the comparison to that scam artist Julian Assange?

Hi Spicoli,

Julian Assange also got into trouble with the law during his teenage years for hacking/releasing sensitive corporate information. Hope that clears up any confusion.

Probably a pawn in a larger group, let him carry everything out because he's clueless and he'll be the one that gets caught.

IS DDOS! you dont even need to be good at computing to do this! ITS DDOS FFS!!! why does everyone think its some kind of massive wow! I really get angry at people who cant tell their mouth from their A-hole.

Read the linked article (or other similar ones). This lad didn`t just do DDoS, He accessed servers, took info, databases, etc. He wasn`t just some LOIC user.
I`d imagine he was egged on by older people with some naive motive and wanted to look cool!

they all say he aided ... which probably means he was told to copy and paste code into his system... if he couldnt hide him self I imagine this is the case

I suspect one of the reasons why Anonymous, are getting children to do hacking for them. Is because they know they get lesser sentences in court than an adult, and also there more likely to make mistakes and get caught... So it adds more publicity and notoriety to Anonymous causes.

Jaybonaut said,

That's a little harsh - he's impressionable and very young.

He didn't play along perfectly with such name: Anonymous.
Traceable != Anonymous.
He should learn from NSA on how doing it so well... at least until Snowden... LOL!

If he used another name, I wouldn't bother.

mahara said,

He didn't play along perfectly with such name: Anonymous.
Traceable != Anonymous.
He should learn from NSA on how doing it so well... at least until Snowden... LOL!

If he used another name, I wouldn't bother.

How long ago were you 12? Did you still hate girls?

Jaybonaut said,

How long ago were you 12? Did you still hate girls?

Dude, focus!
I'm trying to say: he shouldn't use word Anonymous if he didn't know what the word really means.
He could choose other name like "n00b" for this kind of action.

I initially thought this kid would beat Bill Gates's record: being extremely smart and excellent at a very young age. Obviously I was wrong...

mahara said,

Dude, focus!
I'm trying to say: he shouldn't use word Anonymous if he didn't know what the word really means.
He could choose other name like "n00b" for this kind of action.

I initially thought this kid would beat Bill Gates's record: being extremely smart and excellent at a very young age. Obviously I was wrong...

Bill has his famous mug shot for violating traffic laws also.

Jaybonaut said,

Bill has his famous mug shot for violating traffic laws also.

And how does it related to his skills and knowledge in software? That's not relevant.
If Bill Gates however failed to establish MS at his young age and got arrested because of it, that would be relevant.

Edited by mahara, Oct 29 2013, 6:21am :

Jaybonaut said,

Bill has his famous mug shot for violating traffic laws also.

LOL... I just realized that it seems you're constantly defending this boy.
Does he mean something personally to you? Is there any reason why are you defending him through this long conversation? I hope this kid is not your projection about yourself...

mahara said,

LOL... I just realized that it seems you're constantly defending this boy.
Does he mean something personally to you? Is there any reason why are you defending him through this long conversation? I hope this kid is not your projection about yourself...

I just enjoy showing you how insane it is to mock a 12 year old's level of intelligence.

Jaybonaut said,

I just enjoy showing you how insane it is to mock a 12 year old's level of intelligence.

So do I... I enjoy pushing things up to the limit...
If a newly-born baby could hack NSA just by using iPhone, that would be something I call insane.

MASTER260 said,
That's because the boy & the courts were probably convinced what he was doing was real hacking, even though it probably wasn't...

That's what I was thinking, He may have just ran a DDOS program, which may have been part of the end goal of getting information, and charged with taking part in the actual hacking part too.

Edit: Nevermind, should have read the article correctly, it states he did actually do further stuff

I have to agree. They have age ratings on movies and music along with video games and say people under X age cannot buy them and this is for good reason (sex, violence etc etc).

Well the internet has far worse than the above yet has no age restriction on use.

The kid is right hacking really is easy when you learn the basics.

That's weird... I remember forums I used to go on years ago like Animal Crossing Community acting like it was something that was actually in effect.

King Joffrey said,
Kids this days! If you ask me evry kid shouldn't be alowed on internet untill they made 15!

get back to your cave !

MASTER260 said,
I was using forums when I was 11 & I turned out fine... (I'm almost 19 now, BTW.)

things were very different in the early 90's. i didn't start until around the year 2000 or later. forums were new to me. you used forums since 2006 right?

King Joffrey said,
Kids this days! If you ask me evry kid shouldn't be alowed on internet untill they made 15!

Made 15? You mean turned 15?

I had the internet in 5th grade, I was into all that AOL programs, password stealing, spamming fake AOL sites to steal credit cards, cracked AOL accounts, etc.

I turned out fine. Everyone tries something bad in their life.

The Canadian government should employ him. Clearly he has an unused talent.

I didn't even know what's a DDOS when I was 12...

TRC said,
"Hey, you committed a crime so we're going to reward you by giving you a job!"

Exactly. Teach him good while he's still young.

TRC said,
"Hey, you committed a crime so we're going to reward you by giving you a job!"

Unpaid job at first, consider it a community service where he can actually apply his competences.

I'd like to say that this kid is super smart for having the knowledge to do this, but how do we know he wasn't using a simple script? (see: script kiddie)

The part that mentions getting paid in video games seems to suggest that he was actually hacking sites for them, since Anonymous hiring a script kiddie makes as much sense as watering your lawn during a monsoon.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I'd like to say that this kid is super smart for having the knowledge to do this, but how do we know he wasn't using a simple script? (see: script kiddie)

Likely wasn't using any original exploits.

The part that mentions getting paid in video games seems to suggest that he was actually hacking sites for them, since Anonymous hiring a script kiddie makes as much sense as watering your lawn during a monsoon.

You do realize a good chunk of people, "hacking," for, "Anonymous," are script kiddies, right?

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Question to Canadians: Are minors sentenced differnent than adults?

Yes. As a minor you are sentenced to juvenille detention. It isn't jail time, and usually consists of counselling, community service, that sort of thing. Upto the age of 18 though depending on what it was.. they may try ages 16+ as adults.

Hello,

firey said,

Yes. As a minor you are sentenced to juvenille detention. It isn't jail time, and usually consists of counselling, community service, that sort of thing. Upto the age of 18 though depending on what it was.. they may try ages 16+ as adults.


Thank you for clearing that up.

firey said,

Yes. As a minor you are sentenced to juvenille detention. It isn't jail time, and usually consists of counselling, community service, that sort of thing. Upto the age of 18 though depending on what it was.. they may try ages 16+ as adults.

So just like the USA.