18-year-old star hacker arrested in Greece

Jun 08, 2011
Police in Greece have arrested an 18-year-old star hacker suspected of breaking into the website of crimefighting agency Interpol and a number of US state agencies, a senior officer said on Wednesday.

Police in Greece have arrested an 18-year-old star hacker suspected of breaking into the website of crimefighting agency Interpol and a number of US state agencies, a senior officer said on Wednesday.

The unidentified teen, who reportedly lives with his mother in the working-class Athens district of Agios Dimitrios, had originally broken into the site when he was just 15 years old.

"He has carried out such strikes all over the world from his home," the head of Greece's squad Manolis Sfakianakis told state television NET.

"Interpol is the basic one, and government sites in the US. He acted alone, though he has worked with others before," Sfakianakis said.

Greek reports said the unidentified teenager had also gained illegal access to the sites of the , the and the Pentagon in 2009.

Sfakianakis said the young hacker, who used the alias 'nsplitter', also pilfered credit card and e-banking data through toolbars downloaded by unwary users, and made dummy cards for apparent cash withdrawals.

"He had 130 blank cards where he placed whatever data he wanted. Five of them he had filled with details of people that had no idea," the officer said.

Reports said he had also invested in nearly 50 companies listed on the Athens stock exchange.

Police who searched the hacker's home on Tuesday found nearly 8,000 euros ($11,700) and $300 in cash, laptops, external drives and a .

They also found a makeshift explosive device containing gunpowder but Sfakianakis said the suspect has not been linked to extremist activity.

The suspect, who will testify on Thursday, faces at least five years in prison if convicted, the officer said.

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JRDarby
5 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2011
Sounds like a fascinating and ingenious fellow! Who among us would have put his/her (admittedly ill-gotten) gains into the market for investment at that age?
Pyle
1 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2011
Sure. Just let him be ingenious with somebody else's credit card.
cmn
2 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2011
Sounds like a sociopath... Can't help but wonder what his plans were for the pipe bomb?
JRDarby
4.5 / 5 (2) Jun 08, 2011
More than likely I'd say it was a (futile) attempt to blow up his hardware remotely should any police arrive.
Boodrow_Malone
3 / 5 (6) Jun 08, 2011
Instead of filling jails with twits like this guy, bring back the lash. Twenty five lashes at halftime of the football (soccer) game would seem right
Wolf358
not rated yet Jun 08, 2011
At age 15, a "makeshift explosive device containing gunpowder" could be a model rocket... no sense jumping to confusions. :-)
MarkyMark
1 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2011
Instead of filling jails with twits like this guy, bring back the lash. Twenty five lashes at halftime of the football (soccer) game would seem right

Twentyfive lashes seems a bit light to me considering his crimes.
DontBeBlind
1 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2011
Instead of filling jails with twits like this guy, bring back the lash. Twenty five lashes at halftime of the football (soccer) game would seem right

Twentyfive lashes seems a bit light to me considering his crimes.


Agreed, But 25 well placed lashes would do the trick. Put it on TV. And make him pay back all the cash he stole. Thats way more effective then the 3years he will end up spending jail.
Haikal_Baik
not rated yet Jun 09, 2011
instead of putting him in jail for years, i think we should just smack him in the head so that he forgot whatever thing that he knows about hacking. a bit cruel, but i think it is the best method to give second chance to people. =)
J-n
5 / 5 (1) Jun 09, 2011
I dunno. The kid only stole a few CCNs only seems to have used 5.

Seems like he helped more than hurt, i would imagine that by breaking in to those sites he actually helped them improve their security. This article, at least, has not said he stole any information from any of the security/law enforcement sites, he was probably just seeing if he could get in.

Instead of putting this kid in jail they should give him additional training and hire him at one of those organizations to help prevent people like him from getting in. Or even in the UN's new task force or something of that nature.
hush1
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 09, 2011
...he was probably just seeing if he could get in.


All forms of authority wants the cat dead. All forms of curiosity is normal.

If you are normal, you are as good as dead.
krundoloss
1 / 5 (1) Jun 09, 2011
Give him a job or something. Any intelligent person can figure out identity theft, but hacking government agencies is hardcore. Maybe he should go to Russia or China and hack from there, where its accepted.
Beard
not rated yet Jun 09, 2011
He's a kid, cut him some slack. Fine him for damages and then give him a scholarship.
MachinegunDojo
1 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2011
Don't reward him just because he's a kid, but I'd hire him and garnish his wages until he repays what he stole _plus_ potential damages. Have him on probation and leave him without an internet connection at home and being that he'll only be able to be online at work you can easily monitor him.
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (2) Jun 19, 2011
Sounds like a sociopath... Can't help but wonder what his plans were for the pipe bomb?


I think the real sociopaths are in these comments.