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[News] [Rival] 11-Year-Olds Crack Windows, Government Leaks Information

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Alarm raised on teenage hackers

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| "I see kids of 11 and 12 sharing credit card details and asking for hacks," 
| said Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Security. 
| Many teenagers got into low level crime by looking for exploits and cracks 
| for their favourite computer games.  


Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber

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| "State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement 
| computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal 
| information about "Joe the Plumber."  
| Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 
| 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him 
| frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.  



19-year-old 'fast flux' botnet pioneer agrees to plead guilty

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| The author of a Trojan that broke new ground in botnet circles has agreed to 
| plead guilty to secretly infecting thousands of victims' machines so that he 
| could steal their personal data and launch attacks on websites.  


I Was A Teenage Bot Master

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| One day in May 2005, a 16-year-old hacker...
| [...]
| So great was SoBe's sense of impunity he continued the scheme even after
| Ancheta was arrested a few months later and charged with 17 felonies related
| to the hijacking of almost 400,000 PCs, some of them belonging to the US
|                                         ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Department of Defense.
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  

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