In 2001, several global organisations including BBC, faced cyber attacks by a teenage geek named as ‘Narko’, who “almost broke the internet” just sitting in his bedroom and was walking free on the streets after such a felony.
Seth Nolan-Mcdonagh was introduced to the world of hacking at the age of 13, by a group of online hackers who were at that time breaking the integrity of websites using a technique called ‘Distributed Denial of Service’ or DDOS for short.
The scam bagged £70,000 for Narko, who then quit school and joined the hacking fraternity after losing contact with the ‘real world’.
Narko came back into limelight in 2013, when he successfully attacked Spamhaus, a spammer database for email service providers. He then chose a bigger target; CloudFlare, a service that prevents online assaults, which was considered as the biggest DDOS attack of that time.
In 2015, Seth was finally produced in front of the Southwark Crown court for the sentencing of the young felon.
The young hacker has already been pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized modification of computer material and one count of possessing articles for use in fraud.
In addition to these charges, he has also admitted that he transferred criminal property and possessed 924 indecent photos of children.
Seth was sentenced guilty by Judge Jeffrey Pegden, who stated that he had committed serious crime and that too at the tender age of 13. And all the attacks caused by him were committed at the time when he hadn’t been of age. Thus, his sentence was announced while taking him into consideration as a youth.
Judge Pegden also notified the fact that his age while committing the offenses as well as the evidences showing that he was suffering from a mental illness, played a significant role.
Though, it has been said that he has ‘improved’ a lot ever since he has been sent to rehab, a question still arises about the assurance of a hacker who has seen the lavishside of hacking.