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A 16-year-old computer hacker who paralyzed several major Web sites, including CNN and Yahoo, has shown no remorse and should spend at least five months in detention, a social worker testified Tuesday at his hearing. “Not only is he not taking full responsibility for what he did, he’s still trying to justify that what he did was right,” the court-appointed social worker, Hanny Chung, told a judge. He said the boy’s lack of remorse meant there was a “moderate risk” he would do it again. The Montreal teen — who cannot be identified because of his age and is known by his computer nickname, Mafiaboy — pleaded guilty in January to 58 charges related to the February 2000 hacking attacks and security breaches of sites in Canada, the United States, Denmark and South Korea. Some of the charges relate to denial-of-service attacks against Web sites belonging to five companies, including Amazon, Dell and EBay, Yahoo, and CNN. The sites were bombarded with thousands of simultaneous messages, which prevented legitimate users from accessing them for up to five hours. Other charges involved illegal use of computers to help with the attacks. Those computers were located at various universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts. The boy, who was 14 at the time of the attacks, could receive up to two years in juvenile detention, while an adult charged with the same crimes could be sentenced to up to 10 years. Neither the prosecution nor the defense has recommended a specific sentence. Defense lawyer Yan Romanowski, cross-examining the social worker, said the guilty verdict amounted to appropriate remorse for nonviolent crime that injured nobody. “What was he supposed to do, cry?” Romanowski said. “He has pleaded guilty, which seems to acknowledge that what he did was wrong.” Last week, witnesses testified at the sentencing hearing that the boy ignored a warning on the software involved that its use on the public Internet was illegal and could lead to prosecution. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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