Kid Hacks Government Websites In Exchange For Video Games

A 12-year-old boy from Canada has appeared in court having been busted hacking several local and international government websites, handing over information to Anonymous in exchange for...video games. What? He's 12.

According to the Toronto Sun, some of the sites he hacked include the Quebec Institute of Public Health, the website of the Chilean government and the Montreal Police. It's estimated he did around $60,000 worth of damage.

Part of a group arrested over the attacks, it's claimed the boy used three different strategies, ranging from a standard DDoS to infiltrating servers to editing the information displayed as a site's home page.

While his defence say that there were no political motivations behind his crimes, prosecutors allege that he not only played a pivotal role in the hacks, but taught others how to copy his actions.

Que. boy, 12, pleads guilty to hacking government websites [Toronto Sun, via Game Politics]