A 17-year-old teenager from Finland has been accused of committing more than 50,700 serious cyber crimes. Julius Kivimaki, the teenage hacker was found guilty of “instances of aggravated computer break-ins” and according to official court documents, the boy attacked prestigious names like Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among many others.
The teenage hacker is accused of breaking into emails, restricting and blocking traffic to internet sites and stealing credit card information. However, despite the gravity of his crimes, the teenager has not been sent to jail.
The District Court of Espoo has sentenced him to a two-year suspended prison sentence. The teenage hacker has been using the nickname Zeekill while he was committing the cyber crimes, according to authorities. The boy had his computer confiscated from him and must pay €6,588 worth of property damage.
Judge Wilhelm Norrmann said that the boy had been 15 and 16 when he committed the crimes in 2012 and 2013. The official statement from the court said that the verdict took into account the boy’s age at the time of his crimes, his mental capacity of understanding the gravity of his wrongdoings, and the fact that he had previously been in prison for a month when the investigation began.
One of the consultants, Alan Woodward, who specializes in cyber crimes and is an advisor for Europol, said he is concerned about the sentence. He added that the sentence is not very intimidating, which means that other hackers could commit serious cyber crimes and not fear the legal consequences.
The teenage hacker has been accused of compromising more than 50,000 computer servers and exploited them through a program called ColdFusion. Kivimaki was able to break into all the computers due to a defect in the Adobe’s ColdFusion software. Using this flaw, the teenager was able to get into the computers and steal classified data that was stored on them. The boy was also accused of adding malware to more than 1,400 servers.
The teenage hacker was found guilty of breaking into MongoHQ, a website database provider from California, and steal billing information of the website’s clients. He also stole credit card information and made 21 online purchases. He used some of the credit cards to buy champagne, according to the evidence showed in court. The teenage hacker was arrested in 2013 after he was involved in a money laundering scheme.
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