Kid Jailed for Paris Hilton Phone Hack

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This kind of thing makes me mad. This kid is 17yrs old, and they've sentenced him to 11mts in Juvey for hacking into T-Mobile and doing a bunch of other clever things. Admittedly some of them were a little vandalous, but gimme a fucking break, they should be hiring him to the companies he hacked as a damn security consultant for 11mts with no pay as his punishment!

An unnamed Massachusetts teenager who hacked into the mobile phone of Paris Hilton and posted her celebrity contacts online has been sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention facility. The teenage tearaway, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to nine counts of juvenile delinquency last week before Judge Rya W. Zobel in US District Court in Boston. Judge Zobel also passed an order prohibiting the 17 year-old from owning any equipment capable of accessing the internet while behind bars or for two years of subsequent supervised release.

He's a bloody child, he could have been out stealing cars and shooting people, he wasn't, he was seeing what he could do with his IT skills - sheesh!


Lets take a smart kid keep

Lets take a smart kid keep him away from something he likes and then put him two years behind his peers, just when he's old enough to get a job. Sounds like a recipie for an angry bitter adult to me.

Why not send him to jail and have him give classes to other inmates on how to use computers, get jobs and return to as productive mebers of society. There is no creativity in the legal system, it's all about "teaching someone a lesson", "disouraging copycats", pleasing the media and high profile citizens, stupid wankers the whole lot.


besides - it's not like he was stealing credit cards or harming society.

let him go!!! :)

Fellow Bay Stater

Alot of crafty juvies here in Massachusetts ;-) I agree it's a shame to sentence this kid to jail. A good mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Some local young bucks I know here in MA took down myspace about a year ago. The FBI came to their homes and questioned them, but no one went to jail. Alot of scare tactics, but no jail.

He is *not* a child.

He is 17. Old enough to know better and be charged as an adult for violent crimes. Old enough to drive, join the miliatary and call in bomb threats. Cracking security isn't this losers only skills. He is mostly being punished for a cumulation of crimes including multiple bomb threats.

>Why not send him to jail

>Why not send him to jail and have him give classes to other >inmates on how to use computers, get jobs and return to as >productive mebers of society.

I like this suggestion from graywolf.

But I do think he should do some time for what he did. I work full-time in the information security field for a few years now and see all too closely that these "prankster acts" in reality cost companies a lot of money and lost time. And, IMHO, one of the reasons folks keep writing viruses, worms, hacking into networks like T-Mobile, etc, is because by and large the penalty paid hasn't been that great. There's not much to deter them.

But I do agree that the legal system should be more creative and in this case allowing him to teach other inmates how to use a computer is ultimately a good thing.

So if he's smart enough to

So if he's smart enough to call in bomb threats lets send him off to prison, where like the "artful dodger" he can get a proper education on how to make them.

Seventeen year olds don't know better, I've done a fair share of things in my youth I'm not proud of, some of them punishable by jail time. Thankfully somebody interviened on my behalf, gave me the good ass kicking I deserved, and addressesed the real problem, instead of brushing it under the carpet for someone else to deal with. Now I'm a *mostly* respectable memeber of society who owns a business and employs other people.

I've done a fair share of

I've done a fair share of things in my youth I'm not proud of

Oh god, you and me to GW, you and me to! If i'd only have been given a break rather than sent to alcatraz as a teenager i never would have led a life of blogging...

I'm sure he's the victim

Seventeen year olds don't know better

Yes. They do. Some choose to break laws and make trouble, but the vast majority don't. Like most of the personalities we will find in TW, I got into my share of trouble, but I always *knew* that what I was doing could get me in trouble.

gave me the good ass kicking I deserved

Isn't that what's happening? Or, are you refering to an honest-to-goodness smack down that changed your life? Those lessons are reserved for those of us that were caught not by the law, but by the angry neighbor (or city worker in my case).

Look, it aint rocket science

Look, it aint rocket science here.

A 17yr old does know right from wrong, BUT there is a world of difference between me choosing to do something wrong, and a 17yr old kid choosing to do something wrong.

Don't you remember being immortal?

I don't buy it.

I agree there is a difference, but this is a life lesson. There are consequences for all actions. If all this young man did was to hack the phone I would think a huge fine and community service would be enough. But, *bomb threats* are taken very seriously and he didn't do just one threat. They shut a school down for 2 days looking for a bomb on one of these threats. If anyone even jokes about a bomb in an airport they will be hauled off in handcuffs and likely charged with a crime. If this young man was stupid I could forgive him with just a smack, but he has proven that he is far from dumb.

At what point do you reign in someone who is acting outside of the courtesy that common society demands?

At what point do you reign

At what point do you reign in someone who is acting outside of the courtesy that common society demands?

In england they now have some kind of anti-social behaviour thing going on. They kerfew kids i think, and other such minor "watchful" punishments if they look like they're going off the rails.

A UK'er will most likely be able to correct me, i've not lived there for years and dont have even half the facts on that - but i've heard it's having some good effects in some troubled areas.

I agree there is a

I agree there is a difference, but this is a life lesson.

I agree this is a life lesson, let's take something negative and find a way to turn it into a positive. Instead of just complaining and giving it lip service why not find a way to teach the kid something, and have him teach others something as well. Sending someone "to the corner" for two years isn't the answer. I'm not some bleeding heart tree hugging liberal who thinks we should send little johnny on his way with little more than a finger wagging because he's simply "misunderstood". Yes there should be punishment, make him give free lectures to IT security companies with exact and in depth details about what he did and how he looks for exploits, companies will benefit from the experience. Make him give "ethics" lessons at high schools and college, to maybe other kids will think twice.

make him give free lectures

make him give free lectures to IT security companies with exact and in depth details about what he did and how he looks for exploits

And who does he lecture about the in depth details about the bomb threats and how he terrorized people?

Let's face it, the attention-grabbing headline aside, this kid did much more than just expose Paris Hilton's contacts. That I might be able to consider a bit of youthful exuberance, but the string of crimes he admitted to is astounding.

This kid is very lucky he was prosecuted as a juvenile, if he were 18 he'd probably be facing a few years time in a Federal prison.

He was probably just

He was probably just checking her phone for more Paris Hilton home videos....

better not live in the us

I'm really thankful, that I don't live in the us for exactly such unreasonably strong sentences. Hell - he was more clever than the network operators and tried joking around with the data. He may have overdone it, but I don't see any point I would've done different.

The (german based) author of the sasser-virus just got sentenced to a probationary youth custody, which looks fair to me, if you see his background and actions.

The bad guys are not the kiddies taking technology to the level, but the people abusing the surfers PCs via scumware, abuse them for botnets, etc. They are to be punished, as they do it only for the money.

Missing the point

The hacking was only a minor part of this criminals actions. I suggest reading more than just the headlines before passing judgement on an entire nation.

So ...

So it's not a problem if someone creates a virus, the damage from which costs individuals and companies time, money and possibly lost, corrupted or exposed data worldwide -- but that's quite okay because the virus-writer wasn't making money from it? I'm not sure you meant that.

I did...

... our course read the whole article, past the headline. But while the register article made the youths doings sound pretty moderate to me I did a quick judgement on it and thought it to be comparable to the Sasser virus creators story. But when you read the whole story on the Washington Post you realls hear about the nasty details and I tend to agree that the sentence isn't overly exaggerated.

DianeV: Of course are viruses a problem, but it's a fact that these things will always happen, as long as there are computers and no law and no sentence will prevent that. Self spreading viruses only make sure that your system's worst security holes get fixed so that real malicious crackers (who're using your system or data to gain personal profit) can't hack your system anymore.

Yes, and

By that reasoning, then, there should be no deterence of muggers because people who physically attack and rob other people -- because it will always happen anyway, and muggers are simply ensuring that people know whether or not they're really protecting themselves.

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