, SecurityFocus 2000-04-19
Canadian teen fingered for CNN assault; others still unsolved.Canadian authorities have charged a 15-year-old Montreal youth known online as "Mafiaboy" with a February 8th electronic assault on CNN.com, the first arrest in connection with the rash of Distributed Denial of Service attacks that crippled top e-commerce sites for hours at a time in early February.
The teen was arrested Saturday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and was formally charged on Monday with two counts of "mischief to data." Because of his age, his name is not being released. RCMP Inspector Yves Roussel told reporters at a Wednesday morning press conference that Mafiaboy is free on bail, but under strict conditions barring him from accessing computers for anything other than school related work, and then only with a teacher's supervision.
According to Roussel, it was Mafiaboy's open boasting on Internet IRC channels that first brought him to the attention of a joint FBI and RCMP investigation that consumed 14 Canadian computer crime investigators full time for two months.
Mafia boy was "not what we would call a genius," said Roussel. "All the computer tools he got in order to do what he did were available on the net," Roussel said.
"The FBI covered leads in the United States in a number of field offices including Atlanta and Los Angeles," said FBI spokesman Dave Miller in a telephone interview. "They lead to Montreal, and the information was provided to the RCMP who worked hand in hand with the FBI to resolve the attack."
Mafiaboy is charged only with the CNN attack. Distributed Denial of Service attacks on Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon.com, Excite, ZDNet and Etrade remain unsolved.
"The other attacks are currently under investigation," said Miller.