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A 17-year-old hacker who jammed major Internet sites such as Amazon and Yahoo shows no remorse and should spend a year in a juvenile detention facility, prosecutors argued Wednesday. Judge Gilles Ouellet set the sentencing date for Sept. 12. The Montreal teen, who cannot be identified under Canadian law and is known by his Internet nickname, Mafiaboy, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 58 charges related to attacks and security breaches of Internet sites in Canada, the United States, Denmark and Korea in February 2000. He was 15 at the time and faces a maximum sentence of two years of youth detention. An adult convicted of the same charges could receive a 10-year sentence. Prosecutor Louis Miville-Deschenes told a hearing Wednesday that the seriousness of the crimes and the youth’s lack of remorse made a one-year sentence appropriate. “He has tried to justify his crimes in a completely illogical manner,” Miville-Deschenes said. “He has no remorse or no real comprehension of the crimes he committed.” Yan Romanowski, representing the youth, said putting him with violent offenders in a youth detention facility would only cause more harm. “I’d rather risk sending him to school than risk sending him to detention with bad influences,” said Romanowski. He called for probation and mandatory community service without further detention. On Tuesday, the youth’s parents asked Ouellet to spare him from further detention in the case that raised questions about Internet security. Mafiaboy admitted involvement in denial-of-service attacks last year 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, Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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