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Mafiaboy Spurred Cyber Crime Laws: Case Revealed More About Hackers Than Ever Before

He was a Montreal-area teen with a rudimentary knowledge of computer hacking, but he single-handedly crippled the United States’ lucrative electronic commerce market for brief periods in February 2000. In the process, the 15-year-old boy nicknamed Mafiaboy, provided the RCMP with its first and finest example of a high-tech cross-border investigation, an international conference on policing and security was told Saturday. It also opened the eyes of the federal government to get legislation on the table to help combat cyber crime, RCMP Sgt. Marc Gosselin said yesterday. Gosselin, the lead Canadian investigator in the Mafiaboy case, said it’s difficult to get evidence in denial of service attacks — when hackers break into numerous computers, using “zombie” computers to send multiple requests to a server to attempt to overwhelm it and shut it down. “The evidence in this type of case is very volatile, it can be there, but when it’s gone, it’s gone,” Gosselin said. Full Story

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