Got this problem with my 14 year old brother. He's been cought commiting fraud etc. Very good at php and scripting, but unfortunately he is to imature to use his knowledge sensebly.
I took his pc, xbox, ipod touch out of his room last night till I come up with a solution of been able to properly monitor him. My mam is at her whits end.
And I thought my 13 year old brother looking at porn was an issue!
Tell your brother about Gary McKinnon - and how he upset the US Government sufficiently for them to sentence him to 50 years in his absence, and the years of struggle he's gone through to try and avoid it or be tried in the UK.
Also - the story of Kevin Mitnick is worth looking at, and how gthe US government went after him for trivial things!
Our government aren't as bad or over-reactive, but with the internet, it's hard to know who you're crossing/upsetting.
And the likelihood of a fair trial with regard to complex computer cases is reasonably slim, as the judge and jury just don't get half of what's being talked about!
Also - he could use his skills to hack for companies, legally and be paid well - but if he has a criminal record, there's no chance they'll let him.
And if he wants to do ethical hacking, at some point security clearance could be useful, and they want to know about everything apart from parking fines (including spent convictions)!
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