Teen charged in AOL hacking

A 17-year-old New Yorker is getting a different kind of education. One of hard knocks.

A 17-year-old New Yorker is getting a different kind of education. One of hard knocks.

The district attorney for the city of New York filed criminal charges this week against Mike Nieves, alleging he engaged in computer tampering and trepass, possession of illegally obtained computer-related material, and criminal mischief, according to a report in the New York Post.

The teen allegedly infected AOL's network with viruses, in a move to steal employee and customer information. Nieves allegedly scooped up sensitive personal information, including credit card data, from AOL's databases in Manhattan and India, resulting in an estimated $500,000 in damage, the Post reports.

New York police investigators said Nieves attributed the "why" to AOL taking away his accounts and not returning them, according to the Post report. The paper further notes it appears the teen did not use the customer information for his own financial benefit.

Parents, do you know what your kids are doing on their computer right now?

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    Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.

     

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