Schoolboy bound over for Web site vandalism

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 12:00am

A schoolboy hacker yesterday admitted criminal damage after vandalising a teenage rival's Web site.

Form Six student Chan Hok-ming, 18, was bound over for 12 months in the sum of $2,000 after admitting one charge of criminal damage and another of blackmail.

Magistrate Timothy Casewell heard how Chan, who ran a Web site that recruited members and promoted advertisements for overseas companies, hacked into the site of Liu Tin-yiu, 18, on October 6.

He posted two pornographic pictures on the site - said to be in competition with Chan's Web site - along with Mr Liu's home address and a message saying: 'This site is under attack.'

The message went on to accuse Mr Liu of stealing computer programs from Chan and warned: 'Your network will get attacked every day if I don't receive any reply.'

Mr Liu reported the case to police the next day and closed his Web site, which had lost the records of 500 of its 2,500 members as a result of the attack. The damage was estimated at $800.

On October 9, Chan telephoned Mr Liu to demand he deposit US$2,000 (HK$15,600) in his bank account, warning he would otherwise continue the attacks on the Web site, Eastern Court was told.

The student hacker was arrested on October 13 at his Tai Po home by officers of the Computer Crime Bureau.

The incident came a month after the bureau sought approval to treble its manpower to combat a rise in computer-related crimes.