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An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year. The 17-year-old male from London was charged on Friday and faces computer misuse, fraud and money-laundering offences at a hearing …

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Re: Poor child

Just like Berlusconi... who is after all just a big child too, with a shiny boot-polished hairdo...

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He's a teenager.

Take away his Spotify, Skype and Vine access and he'll be climbing the walls before lunchtime!

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Re: He's a teenager.

He will be activating botnets before lunchtime.

(Or launch nuclear missiles by whistling DTMF codes over the phone-cal--to-his-lawyer like Kevin Mitnick did.)

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Meh

or just....

They could just hold him whilst gathering evidence and well ....

Then he is 18 problem solved :/

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Ringleader or skiddie pawn?

I suspect the little oik was simply hired to do the deed by one of the bigger spamming gangs. Hopefully they got enough evidence (or he will give them enough) to go after the real spam gangs.

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Vulnerable individual?

What a stupid PC phrase.

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Yup...

Little shit seems more appropriate.

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Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties.

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"Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties."

No. It is a phrase used to mean an individual who is vulnerable.

Simple.

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@ Grease Monkey

Can't understand how you got two down votes for your eminently sensible answer. Have an up vote from me.

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Running a massive DDoS attack before his 18th birthday, and people complain that kids today are lazy...

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Well, he'll now have his pick of jobs for life.

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Re: Stuart Halliday

"....his pick of jobs for life." Not with a conviction for money laundering he won't. Indeed, his choices in IT will probably be limited to fixing PCs in a community college at best.

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Pick of jobs

Robert Morris didn't do too badly. But computer crims didn't have to waste 10 years of their life awaiting threatened extradition then. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_worm

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Re: Stuart Halliday

"....his pick of jobs for life." Not with a conviction for money laundering he won't."

Don't think that's what he meant.

Rather more like the choice between making licence plates, doing the laundry, or being Bubba's bitch.

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Re: PyTWIT Re: Pick of jobs

"Robert Morris....." Yeah, and which bit of Morris's conviction included money laundering?

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Re: eJitKing Re: Stuart Halliday

".... There is no money here, STOPhaus are 100% volunteer efforts....." The implication is the systems and other evidence the Police seized include enough proof of other criminal activities, including money laundering, to charge him with that crime as well.

".....Ignorant people shouldn't vote or comment." Petard moment?

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Suitable punishment for him

2 years of internet access through a 300 baud modem

That will teach the little git what it feels like to be on the other end of a ddos

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Or even 56K modem with a rather dodgy phone line, then he'd have to listen to the annoying "boing boing" and cross fingers that it actually connected this time before mysteriously dropping after 20 mins...! :)

(I know only one of the 56K systems did the noises, but just make sure it's that one).

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Re: Suitable punishment for him

Make it an Acoustic modem and you'll have a deal! :)

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Re: Suitable punishment for him

The stupid kid has wrecked his future. A criminal record for dishonesty isn't the sort of thing that's going to get him employed or even funded for his own legit business, should that be his chosen path.

Helping a bunch of crooks to organise DDoS attacks isn't even in the big league. It's just the 21st C equivalent of a two bit petty criminal.

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Helping a bunch of crooks to organise DDoS attacks isn't even in the big league. It's just the 21st C equivalent of a two bit petty criminal.

To me it's sort of like Val Resnick in the film Ransom. Occasionally hangs out and interacts with the big boys, thinks he's one of them but is actually just a squirmy little worm with an over-inflated self-worth.

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Re: Suitable punishment for him

Did the thought ever occur to you that the target of the attack was DoSing him first?

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You use the term "crooks" as liberally as Spamhaus does. Please support your allegations that the attackers were "crooks" without using the DDoS as the offense.

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Re: eJitKing Re: Suitable punishment for him

"..... Please support your allegations that the attackers were "crooks" without using the DDoS as the offense." Maybe the fact the coppers found enough evidence to also charge him with money laundering? Not at all sorry if this was one of your skiddie buddies, he shouldn't have played with fire, I just suggest you learn from his lesson.

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