Earlier this year, a 17 year old teenager from Finland was handed a suspended sentence of two years in prison after being found guilty of 50,700 aggravated computer break-ins. The computer break-ins involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details.
The court ordered the teen to return $7,300 in property, which he had acquired through illegal means. The teen was also asked to speak against cyber crime besides having all his online activities monitored. In delivering the ruling, the judge ruled that the teenager was only 15 and 16, when he carried out the crimes meaning he lacked capacity to understand the harmfulness of the crimes.
Another not so lucky bunch of six teenagers were arrested for using hack-for-hire services in an attempt to take down major websites including Sony and Amazon. The teenagers aged between 15-18 years also sought to take down a school and a gaming company sight using an online service called Lizard stresser, which offers to initiate denial of service attacks in exchange for payment in bitcoin. The Lizard Stresser service was created by Lizard group responsible for hacking the Sony Playstation and Microsoft X-Box in December 2014.
The lizard stresser service uses a network of infected computers and routers to flood websites with data which can take them offline or damage servers.
The teenager in the first incident was linked to the Lizard Squad and may have inspired the not so smart move by the six.