A teenage hacker from Solihull who brought down the FBI and Home Office websites from his bedroom has said that he “honestly regrets” his actions. Charlton Floate, 19, used his internet expertise to target the US and British government sites – but avoided an immediate jail sentence last month. The 19-year-old was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service. Mr Recorder John Steele QC said that Floate was “highly intelligent” with a deep and clear knowledge of information technology who had taken a lead role in the conspiracy and had recruited others. The self-styled internet and online marketing guru had previously admitted three charges under the Computer Misuse Act and two of possessing prohibited images. The teenager, then aged 16, managed to cripple the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s internet crime complaints centre (IC3) site for more than five hours, by flooding the server with huge amounts of data traffic. Speaking to BBC 5 Live Daily , the reformed hacker expressed deep regret at his actions. He said: “I honestly regret doing that type of thing now. I got caught up in a world that is rather […]
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