A Pennsylvania-based teenage hacker who employed botnets to paralyze Sony Entertainment Corporation’s video-gaming website has been sentenced to serve one year on probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay Sony $5,000, pittsburghlive.com reports.
The 11th grader was found guilty of using a computer for illegal motives, computer encroaching and distribution of virus that caused Sony’s gaming website to crash in November 2008. The boy decided to bring the website down as retaliation after having been kicked off it for cheating while playing a war game.
He used tools and equipments to communicate with a botnet t0 block three games, which caused the PlayStation website to stop working and go offline.
While Sony asked for $33,200 as fine, Judge John Driscoll said the amount was too much for a teenager. In his order, the judge wrote this offense is similar to serious attacks against national cybersecurity and caused great alarm within Sony and FBI.
“One would expect that anti-social or sociopathic individuals would commit such a computer crime; nevertheless, the juvenile seems to have accepted personal responsibility and agrees he should be held accountable,” Driscoll wrote in his order.