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A 15-year-old hacker going by the name of Cosmo was sentenced by a California juvenile court to a probationary period until his 21st birthday, during which time he'll need approval from his parole officer to access the internet. Cosmo — also known as Cosmo the God — was profiled on Wired following the widely-publicized breach of editor Mat Honan's online accounts, though Cosmo had no connection to that particular hack. According to Wired, which received information about the case from Cosmo, the teenage hacker pled guilty to more than a few felonies, with charges ranging from credit card fraud to online impersonation. The probation that Cosmo agreed to as part of his plea limits his use of the internet to solely educational purposes,...

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After Wired's Mat Honan lost and subsequently recovered his personal data last month, he dove into the world of hackers and found out just how easy it is to obtain secure account information from a variety of sites. Honan was put in contact with Cosmo, a hacker responsible for a number of high profile attacks as part of hacktivist group UGNazi — hijacking 4Chan's DNS, breaking into the WHMCS billing agency and stealing 500,000 credit card numbers, and posting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's address and social security number online multiple times. The 15-year-old Cosmo explains just a few of the disturbingly simple methods for obtaining personal data from companies like Amazon, Paypal, and Netflix and how he managed to bypass Google's...

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