16-year-old boy attacks and shuts down 444 websites belonging to schools because he hates teachers

Boy on computer (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A boy was arrested on a charge of obstruction of business after allegedly attacking and shutting down hundreds of school websites, according to police in Japan.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested the 16-year-old student, who was not identified, after being accused of launching an attack against the Osaka Board of Education, shutting down 444 school websites.

The student managed to shut down the websites while he was in school. If convicted, the boy faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,585).

The boy told investigators that he launched the attack against the websites because he hates teachers. The boy does not like how teachers talk down to him, and he wanted to teach them a lesson.

The boy said that the teachers would realize their incompetence after shutting down the websites. He also wanted them to work on fixing the computer servers.

Police seized the student's computer and some of his books.

According to the police investigation, the student downloaded a tool that sent a large amount of traffic to the websites, causing them to be unavailable to regular visitors.

The boy revealed that he had wanted to join Anonymous, which is a group of hackers working around the world to attack websites.