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Teen Hacks High-School Network to Get Girl’s Data

When social networks aren’t enough to get information about your colleague, hack into her computer at school. Well, that’s how 20 year-old Matthew Higgins thought. After boasting about his accomplishment on a hacking forum, he was prosecuted for accessing user data without authorization.

According to a news report from the BBC, Higgins accessed data and then sent a fake message to Clwyd West assembly member Darren Millar to report that the girl’s computer was unsecured and – more than that – his own computer was hacked into and used to fabricate evidence against him.

“This is a case you may think about a young man who likes to create a panic using his knowledge of computers, a young man you may think who wants to gain attention. On two occasions he’s pretended to be a parent of a pupil at Eirias High School,” said Owen Edwards from Caernarfon Crown Court, in a statement for the Daily Mail.

Hacking attempts against colleagues and peers take place often but are not always discovered or reported. For many teenagers, they are a way to demonstrate their knowledge of computers, but they end up badly for both the attacker and the victim when police start prosecuting the intruder.

About the author


Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.