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Teenage hacker gets 11 months

by Nikola Strahija on September 15th, 2005 A teenager has been given a sentence of 11 months in a juvenile detention centre and two years supervised release for hacking Paris Hilton's mobile phone and posting her address book, which included the mobile numbers of numerous public figures, on the Internet.


The teenager from Massachusetts pleaded guilty to hacking T-Mobile USA's servers and making threats over a 15-month period beginning in March 2004. He will be prohibited from using computers, mobile phones or any device capable of accessing the Internet during the period of his sentence.

Hilton's cell phone address book was posted to the Web in February giving millions of Internet users access to private phone numbers and e-mail addresses for celebrities such as Eminem and Anna Kournikova.

The teen had tricked T-Mobile employees into revealing sensitive information and exploited a flaw in T-Mobile's website to get at the information, according to a T-Mobile spokesman. Although T-mobile patched that particular vulnerability, security experts warn that the site is still wide open to various attacks, even a year after the breach.

The juvenile was also charged with a variety of crimes, including hacking into unnamed Internet and telephone service providers and making bomb threats to schools in Massachusetts and Florida. Damages from these crimes amounted to about $1 million, the statement said.

He was part of a loosely organised group of eight to 12 hackers, called the Defonic Team Screen Name Club. More charges are expected, according to William Sims, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Miami.


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