NZ teenage cyberhacker pleads guilty

Reports from New Zealand suggest that the teenager at the centre of a cybercrime ring has pleaded guilty to six charges.

The 18-year-old, who has Asperger's syndrome, was accused by the FBI of being Akill and leading a group of international programmers that set up a botnet that infected a million computers with a virus and resulted in around £10 million in economic losses.

The good news is that, although some of the charges Walker was convicted of carry potential maximum sentences of five years in clink, the judge in the case is quoted as saying he is thinking of a custodial sentence.

This suggests to me that the teenager will get a mixture of home detention, a community work order and a fine.

Which is the sensible option as, with Asperger's, the kid was almost certainly taken advantage of by his colleagues...