Teen hacker who made fake 911 calls punished

According to media reports, a teenage hacker has been sentenced to almost a year in juvenile detention after admitting running a botnet and bombarding the 911 emergency service with hoax calls.

The 17-year-old hacker, from Worcester, Massachusetts, who was referred to in court documents only by his initials “NH” or by his online handle “DShocker”, confessed to a three year crime spree including controlling a zombie network of tens of thousands of compromised computers, using them for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

In addition, credit card information was stolen from innocent victims and used for fraudulent purchases.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, using subscriber information he stole from ISPs, the young hacker spoofed his phone number, and made fake calls to emergency calls regarding bomb threats and armed gunmen,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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