The 17 year old has been convicted of more than 50,000 computer hacks.
Julius Kivimaki a 17 year old kid has been found guilty and convicted of hacking 50,700 “instances of aggravated computer break-ins.” According to the court documents, obtained by BBC, his cyber-attacks have affected Harvard University and MIT among many others and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and even the theft of credit card details.
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Apart from this Julius Kivimaki also known as ‘Zeekill’ is a member of the Lizard Squad. The Lizard Squad is the gang of hackers infamous for launching a distributed denial of service attack on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live gaming services.
Even though these crimes are very severe the 17 year old hasn’t been jailed. Instead the District Court in Espoo has sentenced the youth a two year suspended prison sentence. His PC has also been confiscated and has been ordered to handover €6,588 worth of property he obtained through his crimes.
A statement from the court stated that the judge has taken into account the young age of the defendant at the time he had carried out these crimes and his capacity at that time to understand the consequences of his crimes. One of the consultants who advise Europol and other agencies on cybercrime matters expressed his concern about the lenient sentence.
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The consultant named Alan Woodward stated that he is sure that the court must have considered all the circumstances but the question is that will such a sentence act as a deterrent to other hackers. He further stated that if he was a hacker and saw this sentence I would not have been concerned a bit about it.