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The definition of hacking in Florida might get a whole lot broader if Domanik Green is found guilty, now that the Pasco County, Florida prosecutors have apparently not yet decided to drop hacking charges against the 8th grader.

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The Serious Crime of Changing a Desktop Background

hack youthTo be clear from the outset, all this boy did was change a desktop background of a teacher that him and his fellow students disliked. This is not unlike writing on the blackboard behind the teacher’s back, a crime punished with detention. But the Pasco County Sheriffs believe that Green violated Chapter 815 of the Florida law, specifically chapter 06 thereof, which classifies the boy’s activities, technically speaking, as a felony in the third degree.

Also read: Michigan High School Student Facing Charges After DDoS’ing School Network

Technically speaking. If people who don’t know what they’re talking about are railroaded by an overzealous prosecution looking for a Supreme Court loss down the road. Certainly a higher court would see the ratiocination of this case to be a miscarriage of the spirit and letter of the law. In any case, the legality pertaining to Green reads:

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A person commits an offense against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, or electronic devices if he or she willfully, knowingly, and without authorization […] accesses or causes to be accessed any computer, computer system, computer network, or electronic device with knowledge that such access is unauthorized [and] […] introduces any computer contaminant into any computer, computer system, computer network, or electronic device […]

Or at least that’s the only part of the computer crimes section of Florida law that Hacked has been able to apply to the County Sheriff’s assertion that young Green committed “offense against a computer system and unauthorized access.” These two violations are both listed as third degree felonies, which in Florida are punishable by up to five years each and can carry fines of $5,000.

How did he violate the law? Allegedly, he used the well-known password of the (absentee) teacher he didn’t like, logged on, and changed the background of the desktop to a picture of two men kissing. The image must be the “contaminant” and the use of the password use must be the unauthorized access. Law is a tricky thing, even for those who administer and prosecute it, and there is a fatal flaw in the legal strategy of the sheriff, who is most likely expecting the young man and his mother to stand down.

Teenage Ignorance of the Law

The case gets more interesting when you hear the words of young Mr. Green himself. The boy, whom school officials said had previously been in trouble for similar activities (and they hadn’t felt the need to call the police that time), claims he had no clue he was breaking the law. Now, remember what you just read above: “knowingly, and without authorization […] with knowledge that such access is unauthorized.”

Here is what he said to the local news, when they approached him shortly after he was released from jail. It is unusual for a minor criminal to be identified, but the boy and his mother were eager to speak to the news, apparently realizing immediately that an injustice was being carried out.

If they had notified me that it was illegal, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place, but all they said was, you shouldn’t be doing that.

Further, the boy claims that accessing the systems using teacher’s passwords is a regular occurrence, and that many students in the district do it. It must be why the teacher’s passwords are so easy to know.

The computer crimes law in Florida seems to be written, in spirit, to deal with malicious hackers who do actual damage. For instance, it has a specifically harsher sentence for those who disrupt hospitals. It also makes immune police agencies, which is troubling.

The court could set a very dangerous precedent if they convict Green of any crime in relation to his activities. Next, parents will be having their children locked up for unlawful use of their data plan, which the court could conceivably consider a network. Rationality has to start somewhere. It may not be the job of the Sheriff to drop charges, only to make arrests and enforce his understanding of the law, but it is most certainly the job of the prosecutors to weed out frivolous or unnecessary cases.

A conviction of Mr. Green will only teach the other students that the administration is insane, and their parents that they should move to a more intelligent district. It will most likely, one might not, ruin his life before it’s even begun. It is exactly the kind of case that should have stayed within school walls.

Meanwhile, the very same administrators who felt authorized to create a national news story out of a classroom prank have a suspiciously missing public policy on student discipline. Interesting.

13-floridaUpdate: the EFF have picked up on this case, there is a crowdfunding campaign to fund Mr. Green’s legal defense, and there is now a petition online to have him acquitted. Rational people nationwide seem to be striking back.

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  1. Illutian Kade

    April 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Figures…fucking police state in this country these days. All the while, the local buffoons go on a power trip.

  2. Hennessy Hemp

    April 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Sounds like they’re having trouble catching real hackers, and using this to bolster their stats.

  3. Ian

    April 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I think if permitted, then U.S. lawmakers would incarcerate people from birth for the benefit of the nation as it supports the prison industry – creating more jobs – and helps prepare people for war and killing, again creating jobs and growth for the industry. With statements like, it is easy manipulate people into giving up their freedom.

  4. Ian

    April 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The lesson being taught here is to respect authority. Whether the approved has dementia with the mental capacity of a three year old is irrelevant, they must be respected and believed, otherwise it’s off to prison.

    • Danix Defcon 5

      April 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      The issue with this is that he’s being charged with a felony. Even though his actions were tasteless, there’s no way his actions would actually merit a felony charge. It’s kinda like getting 30 to life for shoplifting some M&Ms from your local 7-Eleven.

      • Victor Masey

        April 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Uh, don’t look now but 30 to life for shoplifting some M&Ms from your local 7-Eleven is ALREADY standard sentencing!!

      • englishvinal

        June 28, 2015 at 4:06 pm

        I had a neighbor whose dogs barked incessantly day and night. We went to him and asked him to please try to put barking collars on the dogs or train them to be quiet when told to be quiet…
        He said “What is wrong with you? The dogs bark…. that’s what dogs DO”..

        Well, charging 13 year olds with a felony, giving them a criminal record for LIFE because the boy changed the picture on the teacher’s computer….
        … by the “government” PO-lice and the bureaucrats……………………..
        …… “Is what they DO”…………………
        Got it?

  5. pacman7331

    April 18, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Bleh… this isn’t hacking. I don’t have much compassion for the kid, given his choice of desktop background. But really this isn’t hacking. That kid is too dumb to hack anything.

    • englishvinal

      June 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Probably the teacher was suspected of something…..

  6. Schnitt

    April 18, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The entire state of Florida must be punished for the insolence of this Sherriff.

  7. Victor Masey

    April 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    “Florida Bringing Hacking Felony Charges Against 13-Year-Old”

    Not surprising for a collapsing Third World kraphole that openly practices legalized torture, legalized kidnappings, legalized financial fraud, legalized war crimes, legalized massive surveillance of absolutely everyone & everything, a legalized system of privately run Prisons-For-Profit, legalized market data manipulation, legalized highway robbery (aka Civil Asset Forfeitures), legalized secret FISA courts that issue legalized secret warrants, legalized police brutality, legalized drone bombings of children playing soccer on some beach 7422 miles away from here, legalized military invasions of foreign nations based on false pretenses & fabricated evidence, legalized benefits for illegal immigrants, legalized & purposeful dumbing-down of the entire national educational system, legalized usury, legalized bail-outs of failed private corporations at public expense, a completely corrupt judiciary operating a two-tier ‘justice’ system, legalized assassinations of 16 year old U.S. citizens with no judicial review whatsoever (Abdulrahman al-Awlaki), a completely corrupt legislative arm, a completely corrupt & ineffectual president who seems to believe he possesses dictatorial powers, a completely corrupt and subservient newsmedia that only reports what it is told/allowed to report, legalized blacklists, legalized censorship, complete elimination of Constitutional Rule of Law and legalized forcing of the population into buying worthless overpriced “healthcare” plans practically at gunpoint.

  8. englishvinal

    June 28, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The whole US “system”… (government rules regulations, bullying bureaucrats and career sell-out politicians) needs to be de-funded.. hacked and crashed…
    And then maybe the people could find REAL representatives with the ability to do deductive reasoning and use logic…. and start OVER.

  9. Robert Genito

    August 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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Coincheck Hackers Launder 40% of Stolen NEM Funds, Experts Say

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The hackers behind Coincheck’s massive NEM heist have successfully offloaded 40% of the stolen funds, according to new research by Tokyo-based consultancy group L Plus. The successful money laundering campaign highlights the ongoing challenges authorities face in bringing cyber criminals to justice.

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Hackers Launder NEM

Analysts at L Plus believe that roughly 200 million NEM tokens, worth $79 million, have already been laundered through the dark web. However, the hackers likely pocketed a much smaller amount amid ongoing efforts to blacklist the tokens.

Nikkei Asian Review reported Monday that Coincheck was targeted with “suspicious traffic” for weeks leading up to the Jan. 26 heist. Citing a person close to the investigation, Nikkei said the attackers hacked an employee email and stole a private key needed to transfer the NEM tokens to the desired accounts. L Plus indicated that the attacker must have repeatedly accessed the Coincheck server to obtain the private key.

When the hack took place, the stolen NEM tokens were worth more than $400 million. Today, they are worth less than half that amount. The identity of the attackers remains unknown to this day. However, authorities have speculated that North Korea may have been responsible for the attack.

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Coincheck plans to resume operations this week following a government-mandated freeze on all trading activity.

Japan Boosts Oversight

The attack has prompted Japan’s financial regulators to step up their oversight efforts of the cryptocurrency market. Last week, regulators penalized seven exchanges after deeming their internal controls insufficient to deal with a cyber attack.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) slapped two exchanges – FSHO and Bit Station – with month-long suspensions. The remaining five exchanges – Bicrements, Coincheck, GMO Coin, Mr. Exchange and Tech Bureau – were given business improvement orders.

The FSA began conducting on-site inspections in late January following the Coincheck attack. Regulators have uncovered several issues, including a lack of customer protection measures and insufficient anti-money laundering controls.

Japan remains one of the most welcoming jurisdictions for cryptocurrency trading, but repeated attacks may prompt regulators to reconsider their relatively lax approach. Digital currency exchanges in Japan and elsewhere face a growing threat from cyber criminals looking to capitalize on the rising value of digital assets.

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Skepticism Grows Over BitGrail’s Supposed $167 Million Hack

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A relatively unknown cryptocurrency exchange by the name of BitGrail has informed its users of a coordinated cyber attack targeting Nano (XRB) tokens. However, the incident does not appear to be holding up to scrutiny after the founder of the exchange made an odd request to the developers of Nano shortly after discovering the alleged theft.

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BitGrail Exchange Allegedly Compromised

The Italian exchange issued a notice to its clients last week informing them that 17 million XRB tokens were compromised in a cyber attack. The XRB token, formerly known known as Raiblocks, is valued at $9.80 at the time of writing for a total market cap of $1.3 billion. That puts the total monetary loss of the supposed heist at nearly $167 million.

Parts of the notice have been translated into English from the original Italian by Tech Crunch, a media company dedicated to startups and technology news. According to the agency,  BitGrail has stated the following:

“… Internal checks revealed unauthorized transactions which led to a 17 million Nano shortfall, an amount forming part of the wallet managed by BitGrail… Today a charge about those fraudulent activities has been submitted to the competent authorities and now is under police investigation.”

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The notice indicated that all transactions have been put on hold until authorities complete their investigation.

Very little is known about BitGrail, as it is not listed among the 183 exchanges whose volume is ranked by CoinMarketCap.

Suspicion Grows

Unlike other crypto heists, the circumstances surrounding the alleged BitGrail attack have been met with widespread suspicion. As David Z. Morris of Fortune rightly notes, this isn’t the first time BitGrail has suspended Nano withdrawals. The same thing happened in early January when the exchange halted not only Nano, but Lisk and CryptoForecast transactions as well.

The suspension was followed by an announcement that the exchange was taking measured steps to verify users and enforce anti-money laundering requirements. It was around this time that users became suspicious that BitGrail was going to cut and run with their tokens.

BitGrail founder Francesco Firano made an unusual request to the developers of Nano following the alleged attack: he asked them to fork their record, a move that would essentially restore the stolen funds.

Nano officially rejected the request on Friday, the day after Firano supposedly discovered the stolen coins. In a post that appeared on the Nano Medium page, the team said:

“We now have sufficient reason to believe that Firano has been misleading the Nano Core Team and the community regarding the solvency of the BitGrail exchange for a significant period of time.”

Last month, hackers made off with more than $400 million worth of NEM tokens stolen from Coincheck, a Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange. The coins have yet to be recovered and the perpetrators remain at large. In 2014, a cyber heist brought down Mt Gox, which was the world’s largest exchange.

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Coincheck Hackers Are Trying to Sell Their Stolen NEM Coins

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The hackers behind the biggest crypto heist of all time are attempting to sell their stolen coins, according to an executive at the NEM Foundation. The revelations are the latest in a four-day saga that has authorities still struggling to identify perpetrators or locate the account in receipt of the stolen funds.

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Hackers Try to Profit

Jeff McDonald, Vice President of the NEM Foundation, said Tuesday that his organization had traced stolen XEM coins to an unidentified address. It was here that the thief tried to unload the stolen funds onto six online exchanges for the purpose of selling them. McDonald said the exchanges have since been notified.

It was not immediately apparent how many of the stolen coins were spent or even the whereabouts of the account. A spokeswoman at the NEM Foundation later said the attacker sent the cryptocurrency to several random accounts in 100-token increments.

Last Friday, the attackers made off with more than $400 million worth of NEM tokens from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck. The monetary value of the heist has fluctuated several times over the past four days, reflecting regular price moves in NEM’s native XEM token. However, Coincheck said it would reimburse account holders at a rate of 81 U.S. cents per token, which reflects the average price between Jan. 26 and 27.

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Coincheck has been fined administrative penalties for failing to secure client funds. It was later revealed by the executive management team that the exchange failed to implement basic security features, such as multi-signature capability and cold storage. Rather, the XEM tokens were held in accounts connected to the internet.

Although the NEM Foundation is trying to prevent the liquidation of stolen funds, MacDonald said the attackers will likely get away with some of the money. However, the likelihood that they spend all of it is virtually zero given the market’s underlying liquidity constraints.

NEM Price Volatility

News of the heist on Friday triggered significant volatility in the price of XEM and the broader cryptocurrency market. Following a brief recovery, XEM has declined steadily over the past three days, with prices reaching new six-week lows on Tuesday. The coin touched a session low of 79 cents on volumes of more than $32 million. At press time, the coin was worth a little more than 80 cents.

Even with the decline, NEM held on to tenth spot in the global cryptocurrency rankings based on market cap. The coin’s overall value remains well north of $7 billion, according to CCN.

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