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teen Hacker Appears in Court

June 6, 2000

MONTREAL (AP) _ A high school student accused of disabling a major U.S. Web site in February will appear in court in August to have a date set for his trial.

The 15-year-old youth, who cannot be named under Canadian law, is charged with two counts of mischief related to interfering with data. Known by the Internet name of Mafiaboy, he has been released on bail with conditions that limit his access to computers.

At a brief court appearance Tuesday, his lawyers asked for an extension to study the piles of information gathered by investigators. An Aug. 3 hearing was scheduled to set a trial date.

Police arrested Mafiaboy in April in connection with a Feb. 8 cyber attack on the CNN Web site, one of a series of attacks that targeted major sites including Yahoo, eBay and Amazon.com.

The attacks flooded sites with so much traffic that legitimate customers were unable to get through.

If convicted of the two mischief charges, Mafiaboy would face maximum penalties of two years in a juvenile correctional center and a $650 fine.

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