12-Year-Old Boy Admits To Hacking Government Sites For Anonymous

A 12-year-old boy in Montreal, whose name cannot be revealed because he's a minor, has pleaded guilty to breaking into several government and police websites in the name of the hacker collective Anonymous. Police say the attacks were not politically motivated, but rather in exchange for video games. The young boy admitted to hijacking websites of the Montreal Police, the Quebec Institute of Public Health, and the Chilean government, among others. His attacks included flooding servers to bring down sites, defacing the text and appearance of sites, and accessing user information. The court estimates he did $60,000 worth of damage. It turns out that the boy has been hacking since he was 9 years old, seeing it as more of a challenge than anything else. He appeared in court with his parents and was placed on probation with technology restrictions and released into their custody.