Saturday, January 10, 2009
"Steve hesitates when a reporter asks him about the ins and outs of computer hacking.
"Like most 18-year-olds, Steve would know his way around a keyboard blindfolded, but that doesn't mean he's comfortable talking about it.
"Most of the teenagers he knows in Metro Moncton are aware of hacking and cracking codes in order to get information about others online, but none are doing it with any criminal intent.
"There was a 17-year-old boy in Massachusetts who hacked into several corporate computers and faced several charges of committing damaging activities.
"He stole information, took control of thousands of computers which resulted in hoax 911 calls, phony bomb threats and SWAT team responses and he also purchased goods using stolen credit card numbers.
"He wound up serving an 11-month sentence in a juvenile detention facility with no access to a computer.
"Steve shyly and reluctantly discussed the activities of Metro Moncton's teenager hackers and crackers and none of them were involved in such elaborate schemes.
"He wanted to make sure his real name was not used for this article."
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