Teen admits crashing gaming website

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A 17-year-old honor student from Westmoreland County has entered the equivalent of a guilty plea to four felony charges in juvenile court for using a computer virus to crash a Sony Entertainment Corp. gaming website.

The charges grew out of a federal grand jury investigation in San Diego, but authorities agreed to let the charges be handled by Westmoreland County Juvenile Court because of the boy's age.

Police say the boy used his computer skills to cripple Sony's PlayStation site for 11 days in November 2008 after he was barred from it for cheating while playing a war game against others online.

The boy is living with his parents and attends Greater Latrobe Senior High School. He'll be sentenced at an undetermined date.


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