There’s a few valuable life lessons in the following story, so pay attention: A Pittsburgh news station recently reported on a 17-year-old boy who was disqualified from a SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals tournament after it was discovered he was cheating. In retaliation, the young man hacked into the official PlayStation site, and crashed it for 11 days back in 2008. Sony re-retaliated by opening up a federal grand jury investigation into the “cyber attack,” which led back to the aforementioned boy, who is now in a whole heap of trouble.
The teen pleaded guilty, and was convicted on four felony charges: Unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a computer, computer trespassing and the distribution of a computer virus. He’ll be sentenced later this year. The moral of the story? Don’t cheat while playing online games, and don’t crash the web sites of gigantic corporate entities. If caught, you could end up being branded a cheater. Or, you know, a felon.
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