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Internet Security Threat Report 2014

A teenage hacker who took the official PlayStation site offline after he was banned from playing for cheating has avoided a jail sentence.

The unnamed 17-year-old from Latrobe, Pennsylvania received 250 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine at a sentencing hearing. The miscreant was also sentenced to 12 months' probation over the November 2008 attack, Gaming Today reports.

Spamfighter adds that the young miscreant took advantage of botnet tools to crash the Sony site after he was banned from cheating in the online war game SOCOM US Navy Seals.

Sony asked for a $33,200 fine over the admitted offences but judge John Driscoll imposed a much reduced penalty at a sentencing hearing that took place on 28 April. News of the case was only reported on a gaming website on Monday. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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