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You would be surprised to know that one of the easiest sites to hack is of one of the giant law enforcement authority in the world and even more surprising is the fact that it belongs to United States.
This organization is named Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and is America’s primary law enforcement organisation. A 19 year old hacker, Charlton Floate, brought down FBI and Home Office websites from his bedroom.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live Daily, Floate said that hacking FBI and US Home Office websites wasn’t much of a challenge. “It was surprisingly easy to be honest. It took me about 40 or 45 minutes,” he said. “The fact that the Home Office’s website was connected to its internal network was alarming in itself.” He added that even now Home Office is particularly vulnerable. “If you have passport files or something on the computers at the Home Office, they’re completely exploitable to someone who has an internet connection because they’re connected.”
The 19 year old hacker from Solihull was convicted of hacking related crimes by Birmingham Crime Court. The self-styled internet and online marketing guru had previously admitted three charges under the Computer Misuse Act and two of possessing prohibited images to the authorities. Sentencing Floate, Recorder John Steel QC said his actions were “wrong, serious and criminal”. He added 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.
He was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and and ordered to do 250 hours of community service.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live Daily, the reformed hacker expressed has deep regret at his actions.
“I honestly regret doing that type of thing now. I got caught up in a world that is rather dark, but it gives you a home when you’re not quite happy with real life,” he told the radio station.