'MafiaBoy' Goes to Court

A Canadian teenager accused of immobilizing some of the Internet's most popular Web sites through a denial-of-service (DoS) attack in February has offered an innocent plea in a Montreal courtroom.

Under Canadian juvenile law, the identity of the 16-year-old Montreal boy, who allegedly operated under the screen name of "MafiaBoy," cannot be released.

The teen could face dozens of new charges of hacking and mischief in addition to those offenses he was indicted for in April. Those earlier charges include two counts of mischief to data on the Web sites of CNN and the more than 1,200 Web sites it was hosting on Feb. 8.

During February's well-publicized distributed DoS attacks, visitors to the Web sites of Internet giants including CNN, EBay Inc., Yahoo Inc., Amazon.com Inc., and ETrade were locked out for hours as the sites lay crippled under the DoS onslaught.

Authorities say the teen launched his attack by using computers from various American universities as "zombies" to flood the popular Internet sites with bogus data packets, overloading access to them.

Since his arrest, the teen has been released on bond with several non-academic computer access and proximity restrictions imposed on his release.

A trial date for the accused suspect will be set on Sept. 28.

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