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Seventeen-year-old New Hampshire computer enthusiast "Coolio" a.k.a. Dennis Moran has been arrested and charged with, among other things, breaking into a Los Angeles Police Department anti-drugs Web site. Moran is accused of breaking into the Los Angeles Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programme Web site, and inserting a comical and vaguely obscene picture of Donald Duck with a hypodermic syringe stuck in his arm, available for your viewing pleasure here. A more complete gallery of Coolio mischief, humour and obscenity may be found here. He says he defaced the D.A.R.E. site because he disagrees with the organisation's propaganda. "Their program is misleading and they lie," he said in an interview with the local Concord Monitor newspaper. Moran will be charged as an adult and faces a staggering maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison if convicted. There is no evidence that he was involved in last month's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against such high-profile sites as Amazon, Yahoo and eBay, but the Feds are under great pressure to come up with something along the lines of break, and Moran, unfortunately, is now neatly in hand. Frustrated federal prosecutors, embarrassed by the DDoS case, may well land hard on the lad. The local New Hampshire police, who arrested him, describe him as "polite". We hope that helps. ®

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