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12 Year Old Canadian Boy Hacked Govt Websites

A 12 year old Canadian Quebec boy pleaded guilty last week to three charges related to the hacking of government and Quebec Institute of Public Health and police websites during the spring of 2012.

Some sites were out of service for as long as two days, the Toronto Sun reports, while thousands of students were rallying against tuition fee hikes in Quebec in 2012, clashing with police and disturbing public order.

The fifth grade student did it all in the name of the activist/hacktivist group Anonymous but not because he had any political agenda. The boy traded pirated information to Anonymous in exchange for video games.

The boy, whose name cannot be published appeared in Court wearing his school uniform and accompanied by his father, said that he had been involved with computers since age 9.  

In court, the lawyer had told the judge that the 12-year-old's actions were not politically motivated. 

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

A police expert told to court regarding boy "who has been in hacking since the age of nine, was practicing three basic types of attacks"

The boy used three different methods of computer attacks. The first rendered sites ineffective by Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to those attempting to access the websites and flooded servers. He would also alter information and make it appear as the homepage. His third approach involved exploiting security such that he could access database servers. 

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