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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 …

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    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: Poor child

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

  2. Amorous Cowherder
    Happy

    He's a teenager.

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

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      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.)

  3. Lionel Baden
    Meh

    or just....

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

    Then he is 18 problem solved :/

  4. Matt Bryant Silver badge
    Go

    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.

  5. PCS

    Vulnerable individual?

    What a stupid PC phrase.

    1. adnim Silver badge
      Devil

      Yup...

      Little shit seems more appropriate.

    2. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

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

      1. Grease Monkey

        "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.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          @ Grease Monkey

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

  6. phuzz Silver badge
    Trollface

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

    1. Stuart Halliday
      Thumb Up

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

      1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
        FAIL

        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.

        1. John Tserkezis

          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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          1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
            Facepalm

            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?

      2. PyLETS

        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

        1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          Re: PyTWIT Re: Pick of jobs

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

  7. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge

    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

    1. Trev 2

      Re: Suitable punishment for him

      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).

    2. Stuart Halliday
      Devil

      Re: Suitable punishment for him

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

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        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.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Suitable punishment for him

          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.

        2. eDataKing

          Re: Suitable punishment for him

          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.

          1. Matt Bryant Silver badge
            FAIL

            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.

    3. eDataKing

      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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