SOCOM Cheater Gets Probation for Hacking PlayStation Web site
Today Techeye.net (linked above) reports via PittsburghLive.com that a 17-year-old SOCOM US Navy Seals cheater who got kicked off Sony's PlayStation site retaliated by hacking it, and as a result he was sentenced to a year's probation.
In addition, the Latrobe teen will also have to perform 250 hours of community service and pay Sony $5,000 in damages.
Apparently Sony asked for more than $33,200 in restitution, but the judge ruled that amount would be too excessive for the teen.
To quote: "Coppers claimed that the teen crippled Sony's online PlayStation site in retaliation for being kicked off the site for cheating while playing a war game called SOCOM US Navy Seals.
He used hacker tools to contact a botnet and these were directed clog three games on the PlayStation site, causing it to crash and go off-line.
Sony wanted $33,200 in restitution, but the judge ruled that amount would be too excessive for the teen."
This guy supposedly 'planted' a virus anyway and they haven't said how he did it (obviously - for security purposes). I doubt he cracked anything, probably just used an exploit to dump a file and execute it.
Sounds to me as if he got off pretty easy, hacking offences usually result in a lot more serious penalties.
exactly. so this kid got caught cheating online, then he hacked the company that caught him cheating. everything that the kid did was malicious. hell, i would have left the payment amount around $33k, sent him to jail for a few years, and forbid him from using a computer for a few years after he gets out of jail. as a country, the u.s. spends to much time slapping wrists and not assigning proper punishments/penalties.