AU: Teenage Adelaide computer hacker, already facing 10 years’ jail, now a suspect in other crimes, court told

Sean Fewster reports:

An Adelaide teenager already facing a maximum 10-year jail term for hacking three secure websites is now a suspect in other acts of cybercrime, a court has heard.

The case against the boy, 15, of Woodcroft, was expected to resolve by way of plea bargain in the Christies Beach Youth Court on Thursday.

Instead, Brevet Sergeant Kimberly White, for SA Police, asked it be adjourned while detectives conducted a further investigation of the boy’s alleged online activities.

Read more on The Advertiser. With respect to the original charges, Fewster reports:

The boy’s arrest followed a two-week battle by Adelaide-based internet service provider NuSkope to defend itself, Reynella East College and a government agency from attack.

The government agency has not been named in court.

It is alleged the incident was one of Australia’s largest-ever denial of service attacks — a type of hacking in which a targeted website is flooded with data requests, causing it to crash.

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