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Hong Kong teenage hacker sentenced

A 19 year-old hacker has been sentenced to six months in a detention centre for causing a leading local ISP to crash. The hacker, Choi Kong-lam, was convicted of causing criminal damage by carrying out a series of attacks between January and April on HKT, then owned by Cable & Wireless.18 Dec 2000

In one attack, Choi managed to close down the HKT network for an hour. In August, the Cable & Wireless HKT network was taken over by Pacific Century Cyberworks.

Recently, the Hong Kong government put forward proposals for new laws that would increase penalties for hackers.

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