Greek Police have arrested an 18-year-old hacker suspected of breaking into the website of Interpol, the international crimefighting agency, and a number of US state agencies. The unidentified teen lives with his mother in the working-class Athens district of Agios Dimitrios. He had originally broken into the Interpol site when he was just 15 years old and carried out attacks all over the world from his home. Reports say that the suspect worked alone on these breaches, but was known to have worked with others, and had also gained illegal access to the sites of the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Pentagon in 2009.
The hacker, who used the alias “nsplitter”, also stole credit card and e-banking data through trojanized toolbar downloads and withdrew cash using dummy cards. Police who searched the hacker’s home on Tuesday found he had 130 cards in his posession, five of which he had filled with other peoples details, as well as nearly €8000 euros ($10,900) and $US300 ($280) in cash, laptops, external drives and a router. They also found a makeshift explosive device containing gunpowder but the suspect has not been linked to extremist activity. Reports say he has also invested in nearly 50 companies listed on the Athens stock exchange.
The suspect, who will testify today, faces at least five years in prison if convicted. I am very interested to find out what the parents knew, how they might have profited, supported or encourage the teen, and what shameless companies will offer this clown a job. As far as I am concerned, he should be forced to work low-paying jobs with no access to computers or electronics. Period.