Hackers Start Young

It is almost like a plot from a 90s film, that a group of school children have the capability of taking down sites for hours at a time. Well, now that has become reality, with a group of British teenagers arrested for attacking websites.

Hacking may have become romantic thanks to the Facebook and Zuckerberg’s story, but there is nothing romantic about the affects it has on people and organizations.Over the last few years there have been some very high profile teenage hacking stories. We admire them for their technical abilty, but where is the moral compass here. If they can bring down sites at will, then in a few years time can they actually change our lives for the worse by getting into banks and power companies.


From Network World

The National Crime Agency (NCA), which is like a British version of the FBI, arrested six UK teenagers for allegedly using a DDoS-for-hire service to attack corporate websites. During Operation Vivarium, warrants were executed for six male teenagers – ages 15, 16, 17 and three 18-year-olds – accused of using the hacking group Lizard Squad’s Lizard Stresser tool which is capable of knocking websites offline for up to eight hours at a time.

Lizard Squad took down Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation networks on Christmas day; shortly thereafter, Lizard Squad released its Lizard Stresser service. According to Krebs on Security, the Lizard Stresser service “draws on Internet bandwidth from hacked home Internet routers around the globe that are protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords.”

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