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Originally Posted by metala View Post
It seems all of you think that hacking is a uber big crime...
He is 17 years old, so has no responsibility for what is doing, his parents are responsible. And what's the problem, he made a joke, so what?
Maybe there are people here that will disagree, but there are two types of hackers. First is "good" which tests his abilities and when he manages to hack a system, reports to the system administrator for the breach, so the sysadmin will be able to fix the flaw. Second is "bad" which, can be harmless, or commercial or for popularity. This case is harmless...
Any time that you for one take a team and group of people that are armmed to the teeth then have them entering homes where there are other people that are potentially armed and have no clue (more then likely) that they are gonna have the swat coming in there home is far from harmless.

There have been countless times that swat has entered the wrong house for whatever reason and been faced with innocent people drawing guns because they are scared and these people end up full of holes.

This is far from harmless and is not funny and regardless if hes blind or not deserves some very severe punishment.
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post #32 of 74
Their is a very real chance of people dying in situations created by prank calls like this and I fear something like this can't be judged to be "harmless"...
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post #33 of 74
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Any time that you for one take a team and group of people that are armmed to the teeth then have them entering homes where there are other people that are potentially armed and have no clue (more then likely) that they are gonna have the swat coming in there home is far from harmless.

There have been countless times that swat has entered the wrong house for whatever reason and been faced with innocent people drawing guns because they are scared and these people end up full of holes.

This is far from harmless and is not funny and regardless if hes blind or not deserves some very severe punishment.
Additional to that, haveing the SWAT team running around barging into places they don't need to wastes alot of time and money.
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post #34 of 74
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How ironic....

If anyone knows their hacker history.... the world's first Phreak (phone freak) was also a blind guy. He had the ability to whistle dial tones and enter the phone system network.
Read about that yea, but its cool to see it in real life like this.

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It seems all of you think that hacking is a uber big crime...
He is 17 years old, so has no responsibility for what is doing, his parents are responsible. And what's the problem, he made a joke, so what?
Maybe there are people here that will disagree, but there are two types of hackers. First is "good" which tests his abilities and when he manages to hack a system, reports to the system administrator for the breach, so the sysadmin will be able to fix the flaw. Second is "bad" which, can be harmless, or commercial or for popularity. This case is harmless...
Eh. WTH. He needs to take responsibility and not hide behind his age OR his blindness because he knew what he did was wrong. That and just because it was harmless doesn't mean it wasn't illegal. If I stole something from someone, technically its harmless, what he did was technically harmless but the FBI lost money like the guy I stole from did.

I'm not trying to be insensitive for what he did and normally I would cheer him on but this is dangerous and he knows it.
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post #35 of 74
Actually I dont know if you can call messing around and hoaxing phone calls "Hacking".

Its more along of the lines of "Being stupid" or a "Kids prank"
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post #36 of 74
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How ironic....

If anyone knows their hacker history.... the world's first Phreak (phone freak) was also a blind guy. He had the ability to whistle dial tones and enter the phone system network.
Yeah, Joe Engressia, AKA "Joybubbles" was blind and could whistle at 2600Hz. That is the first thing I thought about when I read that article.
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I guess he couldn't see what was wrong with what he was doing.
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post #38 of 74
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Originally Posted by redsox83381 View Post
Well, they're afraid the court might be biased, because justice is blind too.

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*groans*

Why, red, why.
Awww come on... that was funny.
    
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post #39 of 74
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It seems all of you think that hacking is a uber big crime...
He is 17 years old, so has no responsibility for what is doing, his parents are responsible. And what's the problem, he made a joke, so what?
Maybe there are people here that will disagree, but there are two types of hackers. First is "good" which tests his abilities and when he manages to hack a system, reports to the system administrator for the breach, so the sysadmin will be able to fix the flaw. Second is "bad" which, can be harmless, or commercial or for popularity. This case is harmless...
BS, Tell this to the guy who had the guns drawn on him. Or tell it to the police department that spent $$ on a fake call.

This is NOT a joke. What would you have felt if the guy's house who the police responded to moved wrong and they shot him?

There is one type of hacker; The one that belongs behind bars.

Try him as an adult and lock him away in federal prison.
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And how exactly do you patch a network agaisnt an illegitimate phone call?
Err, how about fixing caller ID spoofing? Training your phone company employees to prevent ID fraud, or have some other method in place? If you read the article you would have seen that there are many other things besides social engineering going on here.
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