Teenage hacker behind university network attacks and attacks on Amazon, BBC, and National Crime Agency spared jail

Chris Havergal reports:

A teenage computer hacker who caused widespread disruption to the computer network used by UK higher education institutions has been spared jail.

Jack Chappell, now 19, launched a distributed denial of service attack against the Janet network in December 2015 which brought down websites and limited connectivity for staff and students over several days.

Chappell changed his attack as a result of information provided to members on Twitter by Jisc, which manages the network, forcing the organisation to keep members informed directly.

At Manchester Minshull Crown Court, Chappell was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Read more on Times Higher Education.

Havergal was also involved in attacks on Amazon,  BBC, Netflix and the National Crime Agency.

Can you imagine what he’d be sentenced to for something comparable here in the U.S.?

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