Anonymous Hacked Quebec Government Sites With a Fifth Grader's Help

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Middle school boys can be a handful. Tracking dirt into the house, crashing their bikes, helping Anonymous take down the local government's websites. Wait, what?

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Apparently not every kid is content roughhousing in the back yard. This week, a 12-year-old Canadian boy pleaded guilty to hacking into government and police websites as part of an Anonymous takedown spurred by Quebec student protests in May 2012. The boy, who was 11 at the time, dredged up administrator credentials for websites belonging to Montreal police, the Quebec Institute of Public Health, and the National Assembly of Quebec, and passed the info to Anonymous. In return, he got a pile of video games. Strong bartering, kid.

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While others have been arrested in connection with the DDoS attacks that resulted, the court was told that the kid's information opened the door for the resulting mayhem. Sentencing occurs next month, but we're betting Li'l Hackeroo is already severely grounded. [Naked Security via Daily Dot]

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Hope they don't punish him too severely. He is merely young, impressionable, and knows how to get what he wants. There is not likely any evil here, just a kid who found a cool way to get some video games. If there was any legitimate "hacking" going on, he's probably pretty intelligent, and this minor mishap shouldn't have repercussions on this kid's future.