Crime:

Cony­ers boy charged with felonies for hack­ing, threats,

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

A 16-year-old Cony­ers boy has been ar­rested on felony counts of iden­tity theft, ter­ror­ist threats and giv­ing false state­ments to law en­force­ment af­ter he hacked into a 10-year-old Cov­ing­ton girl’s on­line Xbox LIVE ac­count and then threat­ened her af­ter she ques­tioned him about the pur­chases he made on her ac­count.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Cort­ney Mor­ri­son said the male fre­quently played video games on­line and of­ten played on­line with the girl.

In or­der to play on­line through Xbox LIVE, a per­son must en­ter credit card in­for­ma­tion and choose a user­name, which is the name that shows up when that per­son plays with other peo­ple.

When the girl’s mother saw her credit card state­ment, she no­ticed mul­ti­ple charges for game pur­chases through Xbox LIVE. The daugh­ter rec- og­nized the user­name on the ac­count as be­long­ing to some­one she played games with on­line. The daugh­ter then sent an in­stant mes­sage through her Xbox to the boy telling him he had used her mom’s credit card.

“The daugh­ter then be­gan re­ceiv­ing in­stant mes­sages that were threaten- ing in na­ture, threat­en­ing phys­i­cal harm to her, her friends and her fam­ily,” Mor­ri­son said.

New­ton County sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to track down the IP ad­dress of the boy’s user­name and de­ter­mine that he was the source of both the charges and the threats.

Mor­ri­son said the case is not yet closed be­cause in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­plor­ing whether the boy has hacked into any ad­di­tional Xbox LIVE ac­counts from other peo­ple. If he has, more charges could be pend­ing.

The boy’s name is not be­ing re­leased be­cause he is a ju­ve­nile.

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