A 12-year-old boy reportedly rained cyber-mayhem on government and police websites during last year's Quebec student uprising -- in exchange for video games.
The boy, a fifth grader from the Montreal area, traded the information he dug up to the hacker group Anonymous, shutting down websites and causing $50,000 in damages, QMI Agency reports.
Appearing in court last week with his father -- and dressed in his school uniform -- the boy pleaded guilty to three hacking charges, the news agency adds.
Gizmodo reports the boy used administrator credentials to access websites belonging to Montreal police, the Quebec Institute of Public Health, and the National Assembly of Quebec.
"He saw it as a challenge, he was only 12 years old," his lawyer claims. "'There was no political purpose."
He will be sentenced next month.
"It's easy to hack, but do not go there too much, they will track you down," the boy reportedly warned others at the time.
It isn't the first time a minor has laid waste to Canadian websites. In 2000, a Montreal hacker named Michael Calce launched an epic cyber-attack under the pseudonym 'Mafiaboy'.
Calce, who was 15 at the time, ground several major sites -- including CNN, Yahoo, EBay and Amazon -- to a halt, Computerworld reports.
And caused millions in damages.
Then Calce went on to write a book about it.
"I realize what I did was wrong, and I feel bad about it and I think I can help people with it by sharing my experiences," Calce told CBC News, "Hopefully, there's not going to be a Mafiaboy 2.0."
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Hector Xavier Monsegur
Hector Monsegur, also known as "Sabu," may be the most hated member of Anonymous. In 2011, after being fingered by the FBI, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577269844134620160.html" target="_blank">he betrayed fellow members of the Anonymous subgroup LulzSec</a> by helping the FBI gather evidence to arrest them. Monsegur is now facing up to 124 years in prison, though <a href="http://rt.com/usa/sabu-informant-anonymous-sentence-491/" target="_blank">his sentencing has been delayed</a> while he continues cooperating with federal agents.
Mercedes Renee Haefer
Mercedes Haefer, also known by "No," is part of 'Paypal 14,' a group of hackers arrested by the FBI in 2011 for <a href="http://www.unlvrebelyell.com/2011/07/25/unlv-student-arrested-by-fbi-for-hacking-in-support-of-wikileaks/" target="_blank">allegedly participating in a cyberattack against PayPal</a>. Haefer and the other members of Paypal 14 have remained in legal limbo for two years now. In May, they began negotiations for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/paypal-14-hackers_n_3281768.html" target="_blank">a settlement that could keep them out of prison</a>.
Known in Anonymous circles as "Commander X," <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/12/insider-tells-why-anonymous-might-well-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/" target="_blank">Christopher Doyan participated in attacks</a> on Sony, PayPal, the Tunisian government and the county website of Santa Cruz, Calif. He was <a href="http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/homeless-hacker-christopher-doyon-aka-commander-x-joins-up-with-occupy-movement.php" target="_blank">arrested by federal authorities and threatened with 15 years in prison in September 2011</a> for the attack on the Santa Cruz website. But now he is on the run. Shortly after his arrest, Doyan jumped bail and fled to Canada through <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/12/insider-tells-why-anonymous-might-well-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/" target="_blank">what he calls</a> an "underground railroad."
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In January 2011, Anonymous began "<a href="http://anonnews.org/?p=press&a=item&i=118" target="_blank">Operation: Tunisia</a>," a hacktivist effort to assist Tunisian revolutionaries. <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/anonymous-dicators-existential-dread/" target="_blank">Slim Amamou, an outspoken Tunisian blogger known as "slim404,"</a> was arrested by Tunisian police working for the failing government. Amamou was held in jail for seven days, but when the Tunisian regime was overthrown, he was hailed as a hero and <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/anonymous-dicators-existential-dread/" target="_blank">made secretary of state for sport and youth</a> in the Tunisian transitional government.
Dmitriy Guzner, known by the alias "Aendy," was fingered by the FBI in 2008 for <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/teen-pleads-guilty-to-scientology-web-attacks/" target="_blank">attacking Church of Scientology computers</a>. He <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Scientology-Attacker-Gets-Prison-Time-127761.shtml" target="_blank">was sentenced to a year in prison and two years of probation,</a> making him the first hacker to ever be arrested in connection with Anonymous.