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An unnamed Massachusetts teenager who hacked into the mobile phone of Paris Hilton and posted her celebrity contacts online has been sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention facility. The teenage tearaway, who can't be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to nine counts of juvenile delinquency last week before Judge Rya W. Zobel in US District Court in Boston. Judge Zobel also passed an order prohibiting the 17 year-old from owning any equipment capable of accessing the internet while behind bars or for two years of subsequent supervised release.

Along with hacking into the computer systems of mobile telco T-mobile, the teenage ne'er do well also admitted the theft of personal information and making email bomb threats high against schools in Florida and Massachusetts during a 15 month reign of terror. In January, the teen hacker exploited a security flaw in the T-mobile's web site to snatch data its customers, including Hilton, had stored online.

The 17 year-old is the youngest member of the hacking group investigators reckon is responsible for an attack on data giant LexisNexis that led to the exposure of personal details of 300,000 consumers, the Washington Post reports. This group rejoices under the moniker of the Defonic Team Screen Name Club or DFNCTSC. These links are the subject of ongoing police investigations.

The teenager carried out a dialogue with a Washington Post reporter between March and June during which they admitted responsibility over the crimes he was stood accused of last week. It remains unclear how police traced the teenage miscreant. ®

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